Who is Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal?

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Twitter Inc has promoted company insider and technology head Parag Agrawal to replace Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey.

The social media networking platform joins tech giants Apple, Amazon and Alphabet in tapping a company insider for the top job.

Here are some facts about Agrawal:

DECADE WITH TWITTER

Agrawal joined Twitter as a software engineer and has been with the company for over a decade. He was appointed chief technology officer in October 2017.

He oversaw Twitter’s technical strategy and was responsible for improving the pace of software development, while advancing the use of machine learning across the company.

PROJECT BLUESKY

Since December 2019, Agrawal has also been working on Project Bluesky, an independent team of open source architects, engineers and designers to combat abusive and misleading information on Twitter.

Bluesky is seeking to introduce a new decentralized technology, the idea being that Twitter and others will become clients of Bluesky and rebuild their platforms on top of the standard, Dorsey has said previously.

EX-MICROSOFT, YAHOO EMPLOYEE

Before joining Twitter, Agrawal worked at Microsoft Corp, Yahoo and AT&T Labs Inc in their research units, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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STANFORD GRADUATE

Agrawal has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

CHALLENGES AHEAD

Agrawal faces numerous challenges over his turn. Twitter as a notable social media platform lags far behind the majority of what it considers it s competition in terms of revenue generation; and value for advertisers. As important is the perception of the platform being a safe haven for left-wing agitators, bots and sock-puppets. This has become a limiting factor for the network with the shrillest of voices being amplified; and the tone of debate and discussion mired by a purposeful narrowing of Overton window.

Its a tough task ahead of him. Shareholders will be watching which way the company goes.

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