Who is Twitter’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal? 5 matters to know.

 The first question on everyone's lips when Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO of Twitter, the company he co-founded, was why now? — and the second was who's next?

Dorsey, who announced the news Monday after 15 years as Twitter's CEO, noted that the company has outgrown its founders, as all businesses do, and that the timing is right for him to step down — in part because he has faith in his successor, Twitter's Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agrawal.

Agrawal started as a product developer at Twitter.

Agrawal joined the social media behemoth as an engineer in 2011 and rose through the ranks to become its CTO in 2017. He is thought to be close to departing CEO Dorsey and shares his vision for the firm.

In his resignation email, Dorsey talked glowingly of Agrawal's rise at Twitter. "Parag started as an engineer who was passionate about our job, and now he's our CEO (I followed a similar route, but he did it better!) "Only this makes me proud," he wrote.

Agrawal is currently the youngest Chief Executive Officer of a Fortune 500 business.

According to Bloomberg News, who went out to Twitter to clarify Agrawal's precise birth date and was told he was born later in 1984 than Meta (formerly Facebook) CEO Mark Zuckerberg, also 37, in taking over from Dorsey, the 37-year-old became the youngest CEO in the S&P 500 — but only by a hair.

Agrawal is in charge of some of Twitter's most innovative projects.

As CTO, Agrawal managed Twitter's "technical strategy, driving work to boost development pace while improving the state of Machine Learning across the firm," according to a press announcement.

In fact, this means Agrawal has worked on some of Twitter's most forward-thinking initiatives, such as machine learning, cryptocurrency, and cloud technology, and has been a prominent figure in the company's push for social media platform "decentralization."

Notably, Agrawal has advocated for Twitter to sponsor a technological initiative called Bluesky, which aims to achieve that future by establishing an open-source and independent social media networking protocol that can be used by a variety of firms.

On Twitter, he'll most likely influence speech regulations.

Dorsey had to make tough decisions as CEO of Twitter about how much the social media network should prioritize freedom of expression over other goals, such as ensuring the safety of users on and off the platform.

Dorsey said it was both the right choice for the firm and a dangerous precedent to create for the "free internet" when Twitter banned President Donald Trump in January, accusing him of encouraging violence in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol.

A Washington Post investigation was published on January 6th.

In the future years, as CEO, Agrawal will almost certainly make judgments on problems of free expression, and those decisions will be heavily scrutinized. Some of his previous statements hint to his thoughts on the subject.

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