A bizarre video Elon Musk shared of himself walking into Twitter headquarters holding a bathroom sink Wednesday quickly became the most popular tweet of the past week and one of the most popular of the past month, according to social media tracking firm NewsWhip, just ahead of the billionaire's expected takeover of the company.
The 9-second video has been viewed nearly 30 million times in the 23 hours since it was posted, and the tweet has attracted more than 1 million likes and over 178,000 retweets.
其实马斯克是在玩梗，sink有“水池，水槽”的意思，“Let that sink in”字面意义，除了“让水槽进去”，还有“让它沉下去”的意思，同时它也是一种英文口语表达惯用语，意为“好好考虑”，有点像中文中的“你细品。”
Musk also changed his Twitter bio to "Chief Twit" and marked his location as "Twitter HQ" on Wednesday, in another strong indication his $44 billion deal to buy the tech giant will go through Friday as planned.
Musk is slated to address Twitter employees Friday, according to Bloomberg. He also retweeted a photo from his biographer, Walter Isaacson, Thursday showing him speaking to a group at "Twitter headquarters' coffee bar."
据彭博社报道，马斯克定于周五对推特员工发表讲话。他还在推特上转发了他的传记作者沃尔特·艾萨克森（Walter Isaacson）的一张照片，照片显示他在 “推特总部的咖啡吧”向一群人讲话。
In April, Twitter accepted Musk’sproposal to buy the social media service and take it private. However, Musk soon began sowing doubt about his intentions to follow through with the agreement, alleging that the company failed to adequately disclose the number of spam and fake accounts on the service.
When Musk said he was terminating the deal, Twittersued the billionaire, alleging he “refuses to honor his obligations to Twitter and its stockholders because the deal he signed no longer serves his personal interests.”
In the ensuing months, Twitter and Musk would trade barbs via their attorneys as the two parties were slated to head to Delaware’s Court of Chancery todetermine the fate of the company and whether it would end up in the Tesla chief’s hands.
Earlier in October, Musk had a change of heart and said he wanted to pursue his acquisition of Twitter at the original price of $54.20 a share if the social messaging service dropped its litigation. Distrustful of Musk’s motivations, Twitter’s lawyers said that the Tesla CEO’s “proposal is an invitation to further mischief and delay.”
A Delaware Chancery Court judge eventually ruled that Musk had until Oct. 28 to cement the Twitter deal or head to trial.
Musk terminated Twitter Chief Executive Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal and legal affairs and policy chief Vijaya Gadde, according to people familiar with the matter.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal
He had accused them of misleading him and Twitter investors over the number of fake accounts on the social media platform.
Agrawal and Segal were in Twitter's San Francisco headquarters when the deal closed and were escorted out, the sources added.
The Washington Post reported the billionaire plans to eliminate around 75% of Twitter's roughly 7,500-person workforce, which appears to build on downsizing plans Twitter already had in place (Musk denied those reports while meeting with Twitter staff this week, according to Bloomberg).
He also tried to calm fears among employees that major layoffs are coming and assured advertisers that his past criticism of Twitter's content moderation rules would not harm its appeal.
"Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences!" Musk said in an openletter to advertisers on Thursday.
Musk has indicated he sees Twitter as a foundation for creating a "super app" that offers everything from money transfers to shopping and ride-hailing.
马斯克表示，他认为推特是创建一个 "超级应用 "的基础，能够提供从汇款到购物、打车的所有服务。
He also said on Thursday he did not buy Twitter to make more money but "to try to help humanity, whom I love."
headquarter /ˌhedˈkwɔːtə(r)/ n.总部，v. 将（组织的）总部设在某地；设立总部
terminate /ˈtɜːmɪneɪt/ v. （使）结束，（使）终止
Chief Financial Officer 首席财务官
downsize /ˈdaʊnsaɪz/ v. 裁员，缩小规模
layoff /ˈleɪɒf/ n. 解雇，下岗
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