Biden says Twitter is “spewing lies” as the company undergoes massive layoffs under Elon Musk

Biden says Twitter is “spewing lies” as the company undergoes massive layoffs under Elon Musk

President Biden said on Friday that Elon Musk has bought a social media company that “spews lies” around the world.

Big picture: Twitter fired as many as 3,700 people on Friday – about half the staff – but he said the cuts were smaller for the team tasked with preventing the spread of disinformation, according to Reuters.

  • Meanwhile, advertisers cut their spending as advocacy groups stepped up pressure to boycott Twitter in the wake of layoffs and rising hate speech.

What they say: “What are we worried about now? Elon Musk goes out and buys an outfit that sends and spews lies around the world,” Biden said at a fundraiser in Chicago on Friday.

  • “There are no more editors,” he added. “How do we expect children to be able to understand what’s at stake?”

separately, When asked about the firings on Friday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president 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 the other social media platforms where users can spread misinformation,” she said.

In the meantime, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey apologized Saturday for expanding Twitter “too quickly.”

  • “I understand that many people are angry with me,” he tweeted. “I am responsible for why everyone is in this situation: I increased the size of the company too quickly. I apologize for that.”
  • “I’m grateful and I love everyone who’s ever worked on Twitter. I don’t expect it to be mutual at this point… or ever… and I understand.”

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