Following Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, AAVE’s co-founder and CEO, Stani Kulechov, had his Twitter account temporarily suspended for over 15 hours for making jokes about him being named Twitter Interim CEO.
On April 26, Aave’s CEO and Co-founder, Stani Kulechov, took to Twitter and falsely stated that he was joining Twitter as interim CEO in his tweet “BREAKING: Joining Twitter as interim CEO,” which he later dismissed as a joke.
The next day, he thanked Elon Musk for granting him the opportunity to serve as Twitter’s interim CEO, and in his tweet, he announced his first agenda in a road map for the next 90 days as Twitter’s Interim CEO. He outlined his plans to make various changes to Twitter, including introducing support for Ethereum and Ethereum Name Service, deploying the edit button to Twitter, and integrating with Lens Protocol, among other things.
Shortly after he tweeted, Stani’s account was permanently suspended for over 15 hours since Twitter did not take it as a joke. Twitter’s policy backed up his account suspension. “Misleading & Deceptive Identities” – state, “You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, nor use a fake identity in a manner that disrupts the experience of others on Twitter.”
Just before his suspension, Stani told Bloomberg in a video conference on Wednesday that his tweet about joining Twitter as CEO was a “question about free speech and what can you do better in Twitter and what kind of things you can actually say and what you believe.”
Twitter’s suspension of Stani Kulechov faced lots of criticism from many Twitter users, especially since facilitating free speech was one of the reasons why Elon musk bought Twitter.
On Thursday, April 28, shortly after Stani’s ban was lifted, he tweeted the same joke that had gotten him suspended, “I’m back as interim CEO of @twitter.”