In this transcript, the speaker introduces Yoel Roth and discusses their previous interview about a year ago when Roth left Twitter. Roth reflects on his decision to leave the company due to ongoing issues with trust and safety, as well as decisions that were made against his advice. He believed that there were limitations on what one person or a team could do to address these problems, and that the pressure to change Twitter was not resulting in positive outcomes. Roth also discusses his expectations for the company’s behavior, including concerns about advertiser retention, regulatory pressure, and app store relations, which were not met. Overall, Roth’s decision to leave Twitter was driven by his belief that the company was no longer operating according to a set of rules and principles.
Prior to leaving Twitter, Yoel Roth had reflected on his eight years at the company and the significance of his role in trust and safety. Despite the challenges and personal costs, Roth had stayed at Twitter because he cared about the platform and believed in its role in democratic deliberation. However, he realized that there were limitations on what he and his team could achieve in the face of overwhelming pressure to change the company. Although Roth had expectations that Twitter would behave rationally and according to self-interest, the company’s actions did not align with those expectations, leading to his decision to leave.
Throughout his time at Twitter, Yoel Roth worked to address safety and security problems on the platform, even though Twitter had flaws in areas such as advertising, size, and innovation. Roth’s goal was to improve the platform’s safety measures within the constraints of its existing rules and principles. However, after an acquisition and subsequent changes in leadership, the company’s approach shifted. Directives were given from above without clear explanations, and decisions became impetuous and inconsistent. This departure from the rule of law, both within the company and externally, contributed to Roth’s decision to leave Twitter.
Yoel Roth’s decision to leave Twitter was driven by his belief that the company had abandoned the rule of law and the principles it had operated by. Despite the inherent flaws in the platform, Roth had worked to improve safety and security within the constraints of the company’s rules and principles. However, after a change in leadership, decisions became impetuous and inconsistent, indicating a shift away from a governed approach towards a dictatorial one. This deviation from established norms and the disregard for legal frameworks ultimately led to Roth’s departure from Twitter.
Yoel Roth’s reflection on his time at Twitter reveals his commitment to improving the platform’s safety and security despite its inherent flaws. However, changes in leadership resulted in directives being given without clear explanations or adherence to established rules and principles. Roth believed that this shift away from a governed approach towards a dictatorial one undermined the company’s integrity and prompted his decision to leave. Roth’s departure highlights his unwavering commitment to transparency, honesty, and the rule of law.