Biden calls out Elon Musk and Twitter at Chicago-area fundraiser
President Joe Biden on Friday called out Elon Musk, saying the billionaire bought a social media platform that “spews lies all over the world.”
“Elon Musk goes out and buys clothes that spew lies all over the world,” the president said at a Democratic fundraiser in Rosemont, Illinois, not far from Chicago, according to the pool.
“There are no more editors in America,” he added.
The president’s remarks followed news on Twitter on Friday laid off thousands of employees across the company — a serious round of cost-cutting that could potentially change the way one of the world’s most influential platforms operates a week after Musk bought it.
The acquisition was soon followed by reports of an increase in racist comments and hate speech on the platform, and several major advertisers paused campaigns on Twitter in recent days.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters earlier Friday that Biden was “outspoken about the importance of social media platforms continuing to take steps to reduce hate speech and misinformation.”
“That belief extends to Twitter, it extends to Facebook and all other social media platforms where users can spread misinformation“, she continued.
Just before news of his acquisition broke last week, Musk wrote an open letter is trying to convince advertisers that it doesn’t want the social network to become a “free-for-all hell.”
He tweeted Friday morning that Twitter had experienced a “massive drop in revenue,” which he blamed on “activist groups putting pressure on advertisers,” and later addressed the layoffs by tweeting that “unfortunately, there is no choice when the company is losing over $4 million daily.”
Departing employees were offered three months’ severance pay, he wrote.
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