Aave founder Stani Kulechov briefly suspended from Twitter after joking about becoming interim CEO

Aave founder Stani Kulechov was temporarily suspended from Twitter this week, mere hours after joking that he was joining the social media company as interim CEO.

“BREAKING: Joining Twitter as interim CEO,” Kulechov tweeted on April 26 in a post that was intended as a joke. The tweet was timestamped at 2:48 pm PST (9:48 pm UTC). The following day, the Aave founder’s account was suspended, a spokesperson confirmed to Cointelegraph. The spokesperson also confirmed that it was Kulechov’s first suspension on the social media platform and that he never received any prior warnings. 

“Twitter, recently bought by Elon Musk, has chosen to suspend my account,” Kulechov said in a statement, adding that the move underscores the dangers of centralized ownership of content creation. 

The ban lifted Thursday afternoon, with Kulechov tweeting that he’s “back as interim CEO” of the social media company. 

Kulechov’s suspension appears ill-timed for Twitter after billionaire Elon Musk confirmed earlier this week that he had an agreement to acquire the company for $44 billion. By taking Twitter private, Musk intends to promote free speech by creating a “digital town square” where everyone can express their views.

It’s not entirely clear whether tweeting about becoming Twitter’s CEO violates the platform’s terms of service or its new free speech mandate. The comment appears to fall in line with Musk’s conception of free speech, which simply means speech that “matches the law,” he clarified on Tuesday.

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Freedom of speech and the ability to dissent prevailing cultural narratives have become hot-button topics since the onset of Covid-19. The pandemic, some argue, allowed governments and media outlets to marginalize those with opposing views. The debate around dissent and expression was front and center in February after the government of Canada froze the bank accounts and crypto wallets of individuals involved in funding local protests.

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