A. Musk, Elon Twitter’s CEO discusses layoffs, misinformation, and sleeping in the workplace in an interview with the BBC.

Twitter was purchased by Mr. Musk in October for $44 billion (£35.4 billion). He is also the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, a rocket company.

The mass layoffs, disinformation, and his work habits were all discussed in the interview, which took place at the firm’s headquarters in San Francisco.

He did, however, confess that the impending injunction from a judge was the sole motivating factor in his decision to complete the acquisition.

In addition, he verified that the BBC’s account will be renamed from “government funded media” to “publicly funded” on Twitter.

During the conversation, Mr. Musk defended his management of the company while simultaneously trying to do the interviewing.

The world’s second-wealthiest man mentioned that the “pain level has been extremely high, this hasn’t been some kind of party” when asked if he regretted purchasing Twitter.

Mr. Musk stated, “It’s not been boring” when asked about his tenure as CEO thus far. What a wild ride it has been.

He went on to say that despite the “really quite a stressful situation over the last several months,” he still believed that purchasing the company was the correct decision.

Mr. Musk made a takeover bid after he had already amassed a Twitter interest in early 2022. Nevertheless, he attempted to withdraw from the agreement, prompting Twitter to sue him.

Mr. Musk informed the BBC that things are proceeding “reasonably well,” adding that the site is functioning and that usage is up.

He stated, “I sometimes sleep in the office” due to his workload, and went on to say that he has a couch in a library “that nobody goes to” as an additional source of comfort.

His inflammatory tweets were also addressed by him, who asked, “Have I shot myself in the foot with tweets multiple times?” Of course!

“I think I should not tweet after 3am,” said he.

Mr. Musk responded to a question over the choice to name the BBC’s main Twitter account as “government funded media” by saying, “I know the BBC is generally not thrilled about being labelled state media.”

In an effort to have the @BBC account changed “as soon as possible,” the company reached out to the social media behemoth earlier this week.

“Absolute independence has always been a hallmark of the BBC. The British public pays for us with the licence fee, it claimed.

According to Mr. Musk, Twitter is changing the BBC’s branding to “publicly-funded.” Even after the update took place a few hours later, the new label continued to direct users to a page detailing government and state-affiliated publications.

Attempting accuracy is our goal, he stated.

He went on to say, “I actually do have a lot of respect for the BBC,” before calling the interview “a good opportunity to ask some questions” and “to get some feedback on what we should be doing different.”

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a state-run media organization in the United Kingdom that has a Royal Charter from the government. The licence fee that British people pay helps to fund it; in 2022, it will account for £3.8bn ($4.7bn), or almost 71% of the BBC’s total income of £5.3bn.

Commercial and other operations, such as grants, royalties, and rental income, provide the remaining funding. The BBC World Service, which mostly caters to listeners outside of the UK, also receives over £90 million annually from the government.

Considering that the majority of Twitter’s advertisers have come back, Mr. Musk stated that the firm is now “roughly breaking even” when discussing Twitter’s finances.

Reducing the workforce from little under 8,000 when he acquired the firm to approximately 1,500 was not an easy task, he added.

He conceded that he did not terminate everyone on the spot, stating, “It’s not possible to talk with that many people face to face.”

Many Twitter engineers have left since Mr. Musk purchased the firm, which has caused some to worry about the platform’s stability.

He admitted that there had been some problems, such as site outages, but assured us that they have not persisted for long and that everything was OK at the moment.