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Parag Agrawal is a person who is well-known in the industry. Jack Dorsey’s successor as Twitter’s CEO.

Parag Agrawal is a person who is well-known in the industry. Jack Dorsey's successor as Twitter's CEO.

Jack Dorsey has stepped down as Twitter’s CEO, handing over the reins to Parag Agrawal, a relatively unknown executive.

Parag Agrawal is a person who is well-known in the industry. Jack Dorsey's successor as Twitter's CEO.

Agrawal, who has been with the company for ten years and most recently served as chief technology officer, has risen from the shadows to take over one of Silicon Valley’s most high-profile and politically charged positions. But who is he and what can we expect from Twitter now that he is in charge?

A 37-year-old Indian immigrant, Agrawal joins the ranks of celebrity CEOs that include the man he’ll be replacing, as well as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Elon Musk of Tesla. However, his lack of celebrity, combined with a strong technical background, appears to be exactly what some of Twitter’s most ardent supporters were looking for in the company’s next chapter.

According to CFRA Research analyst Angelo Zino, who noted that Twitter shareholder Elliott Management had pressured Dorsey to step down, Agrawal is a “‘safe’ pick who should be looked upon favorably by investors.”

That means, according to experts, we can expect more of the same from him in terms of policy and company direction, including plans to keep Twitter’s recent strategy of doubling annual revenue by 2023 and focusing on its long-term ambition to rebuild how social media companies operate.

In an email to employees, Agrawal stated, “We recently updated our strategy to achieve ambitious goals, and I believe that strategy is bold and right.” “However, how we work to implement it and deliver results is our critical challenge.”

The company is currently dealing with a number of issues, including slow user growth as TikTok and Instagram entice younger demographics away from the platform, as well as ongoing issues with misinformation and hate speech.

According to Jill Wilson, the chief marketing officer for Esquire Digital, Agrawal will largely continue where Dorsey left off, fighting for users who are being lured away by competitors such as TikTok and Instagram.

“In terms of keeping Twitter relevant and attracting everyday users, as well as monetizing the platform in general, Agrawal has his work cut out for him,” she said.

Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006, led the company through a high-profile hack and the contentious ban of Donald Trump, who pushed the platform’s hate speech and misinformation enforcement to its limits.

Those issues have persisted beyond Trump’s presidency, and Agrawal is stepping into the spotlight over Twitter’s hate speech and misinformation moderation policies, for which Dorsey has been chastised in recent years.

“The new CEO will have to figure out how to prevent his platform from being routinely and perpetually hijacked to distort the news agenda, produce fake popularity and influence, and provide a warped lens on the world,” said Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate.

According to Reuters, Dorsey had been serving as CEO of both the social media platform and his payments processing company Square at the same time, but will now concentrate on Square as well as other interests such as philanthropy.

Dorsey announced his decision to step down in an email to employees on Monday, citing the strength of Agrawal’s leadership, the appointment of Bret Taylor, the Salesforce chief operating officer, as the new chairman of the board, and his belief in the “ambition and potential” of Twitter’s employees.

“I’m really sad … yet really happy,” he wrote. “There aren’t many companies that get to this level,” adding that his move to step down “was my decision and I own it”.

Over the past year, Twitter has fought to end years-long criticism that it has been slow to introduce new features for its 211 million daily users and was losing ground to social media rivals.

Under Dorsey’s leadership, Twitter acquired the email newsletter service Revue and launched Spaces, a feature that lets users host or listen to live audio conversations.

However, the company’s stock has dropped in recent months, putting pressure on Dorsey to end his unusual dual role as CEO of two companies.

Agrawal has already had a quick introduction to life as the CEO of a major political speech platform.

Conservatives were quick to point to a tweet he sent in 2010 that said, “If they aren’t going to make a distinction between muslims and extremists, then why should I make a distinction between white people and racists?”

As some Twitter users pointed out, the 11-year-old tweet was quoting a Daily Show segment about Juan Williams’ firing after he made a remark about being nervous about Muslims on a plane.

However, the company’s stock has dropped in recent months, putting pressure on Dorsey to end his unusual dual role as CEO of two companies.

Agrawal has already had a quick introduction to life as the CEO of a major political speech platform.

Conservatives were quick to point to a tweet he sent in 2010 that said, “If they aren’t going to make a distinction between muslims and extremists, then why should I make a distinction between white people and racists?”

As some Twitter users pointed out, the 11-year-old tweet was quoting a Daily Show segment about Juan Williams’ firing after he made a remark about being nervous about Muslims on a plane.

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