Elon Musk explained to Twitter employees that they should allow offensive content throughout a virtual all-hands meeting meant to respond to their questions and concerns as he proceeds to move toward finalizing his $44 billion deal for the company. Musk seemed to call in through his cellphone to the all-hands meeting on Thursday, in which he addressed an assortment of questions from the staff. The questions shifted from his goals for the company’s employees to how his political opinions would affect the company’s leadership. He provided additional details on his content moderation policy, a point of contention regarding his desire to acquire the company. [tweet_embed] June 18, 2022[/tweet_embed] Users should be permitted to say “pretty outrageous things” on the platform, though Twitter doesn’t have to promote them, Musk told meeting attendees, according to the New York Times. When questioned why he loved Twitter, Musk announced it was because of “freedom of speech, and freedom of reach.” He further appreciated how people could potentially “make a living on Twitter” yet did not elaborate on the specifics. Musk stressed productivity when questioned what Twitter employees can do to earn the billionaire’s trust: “If somebody is getting useful things done, that’s great. If they aren’t getting useful things done, then why are they at the company?” When questioned about his work policy, Musk appeared willing to permit select Twitter employees to work remotely if they wanted. Musk previously announced that Tesla employees would be required to return to their offices. Tesla employees make cars, Musk noted, and do work that is “impossible to do remotely.” [tweet_embed] June 18, 2022[/tweet_embed] Musk seemed noncommittal in answering questions regarding whether he would lay off staff at the company. Costs at Twitter “exceed revenue,” according to Musk, which is not a “great situation.” He announced that layoffs would be determined based on several variables. Musk is most interested in Twitter’s “monetizable user number,” particularly if they can be convinced to make payments to the platform or to subscribe to services such as Twitter Blue. He further expressed a desire to be involved in product design and intended to be “hands-on” at Twitter in a similar way that he is at Tesla. [tweet_embed] June 18, 2022[/tweet_embed] Musk praised multiple Chinese apps throughout the event. He pointed to the Chinese-owned WeChat as a possible inspiration for the social platform’s future. He also stressed that he is “extremely literal” in what he states and wants to change Twitter and make it so more people can use it. He noted TikTok’s outstanding success and how it excelled at surfacing videos that are “not boring” and engage consumers. Some employees expressed concerns regarding how Musk’s politics would affect his handling of the company and its leadership. Musk labeled himself as a “moderate" and noted that he had voted for Democrats in the past. Musk has endorsed many Republican politicians in recent weeks, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso.