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It sure looks like Jack Dorsey's in his Elon Musk acolyte era

Kwan Wei Kevin Tan   

It sure looks like Jack Dorsey's in his Elon Musk acolyte era
  • Jack Dorsey has gone from loving to hating to loving Elon Musk again.
  • The Twitter cofounder said on Saturday that he was no longer on the board of X rival, Bluesky.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey might have once been a critic of Elon Musk's changes to his creation.

But all that seems to be water under the bridge now for Dorsey, who's now seemingly in his "I Love Elon" era.

For starters, Dorsey unfollowed over 2,000 accounts on X over the weekend, leaving just three accounts — Elon Musk, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Stella Assange, the wife of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Then on Saturday, Dorsey revealed that he was no longer on the board of Bluesky, a social media platform he helped to build and back.

Hours later, he would go on to laud the benefits of the Musk-owned platform, calling it a form of "freedom technology."

Representatives for Musk and X didn't immediately respond to requests for comment from BI sent outside regular business hours.

It is unclear what prompted Dorsey to purge his following list, but it is notable that Musk is one of the "survivors."

After all, Dorsey didn't seem to be a fan of Musk's management of the social media platform. During an interview with the YouTube channel "Breaking Points" in June, Dorsey slammed Musk's leadership of Twitter.

Musk's changes, which ranged from scrapping the platform's legacy verified program and laying off thousands of employees, "weren't fully thought out," Dorsey said.

"It all looked fairly reckless," Dorsey said of Musk's decisions.

The criticism in the summer of 2023 marked a sharp turn for Dorsey, who'd once hailed Musk as the "singular solution I trust" to take Twitter private.

"Elon's goal of creating a platform that is 'maximally trusted and broadly inclusive' is the right one," Dorsey said in an X post on April 2022. "This is the right path...I believe it with all my heart."

Now, judging by what happened over the weekend, it seems Dorsey has rekindled his faith in Musk once again. And the fact that Dorsey has so publicly parted ways with X rival Bluesky suggests that he's fully on board with Musk's vision now.

The feelings may be mutual too. Back in March 2020, Musk voiced his support for Dorsey after an activist hedge fund, Elliot Management, tried to oust Dorsey as Twitter's CEO.

"Just want to say that I support Jack as Twitter CEO. He has a good heart," Musk wrote on X on March 2, 2020.

Dorsey's support for Musk is probably much welcomed by the latter, considering the amount of animosity Musk has accumulated amongst his tech world contemporaries.

Besides feuding with Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg, Musk has also found time to clash with fellow OpenAI cofounder, Sam Altman.

In February, Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, where he accused the company of violating its nonprofit mission when it partnered with Microsoft.

"OpenAI was created as an open source (which is why I named it 'Open' AI), non-profit company to serve as a counterweight to Google, but now it has become a closed source, maximum-profit company effectively controlled by Microsoft," Musk said in an X post on February 17.

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