When Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced
he was stepping down as CEO of the social media
platform on Monday, it came as a surprise to many. Then all eyes turned to his successor, Parag Agrawal
, who was thrust into the spotlight upon the news.Who is Parag Agrawal?
Agrawal, 37, was born in India and holds a PhD from Stanford University. Before joining Twitter in 2011, he had worked at Microsoft, AT&T and Yahoo, according to Forbes
. Prior to replacing Dorsey as chief executive, Agrawal had been Twitter
's chief technology officer since October of 2017.
In an email to employees announcing he was stepping down, Dorsey
hailed the naming of Agrawal as his successor, writing, "The board ran a rigorous process consideration all options and unanimously appointed Parag. He's been my choice for some time given how deeply he understands the company and its needs."
"Parag has been behind every critical decision that helped turn this company around," Dorsey continued, adding, "He's curious, probing, rational, creative, demanding, self-aware, and humble. He leads with heart and soul, and is someone I learn from daily. My trust in him as our CEO is bone-deep."
According to The New York Times
, Agrawal helped rebuild Twitter's "technical infrastructure," has overseen the social media platform's endeavors to incorporate cryptocurrencies, and advocated for the network to be transparent about the shortcomings of its algorithm. He has also expressed his views on Twitter's decisions on blocking certain users and content.
Agrawal acknowledged to MIT Technology Review
last year following the presidential election – and prior to banning former President Donald Trump from the platform – that "defining misinformation is really, really hard."He added later in the interview, "You wouldn't want us to be adjudicating what's true or what is false in the world."
SOURCE:FOXNEWS IMAGE SOURCE: PIXABAY