CBS News pauses Twitter post ‘In light of uncertainty’ about Musk-owned social platform

CBS News is suspending its Twitter activity due to Elon Musk’s turbulent and potentially devastating moves following his takeover of the company.

“In light of the uncertainty surrounding Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is suspending its social media activities as it continues to monitor the platform,” CBS News national correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti said in a statement. the latest chaos in society on the “CBS Evening News” Friday.

A statement with nearly identical wording was shared Friday by the Twitter account of KPIX, the CBS-owned station in San Francisco.

Currently, the latest post on @CBSNews is a retweet segment shared at 3:38 PM ET on the appointment of Attorney General Merrick Garland as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Donald Trump. On @CBSEveningNews the most recent tweet is a story about a dog that “surrendered to police after getting lost on a walk” posted at 5:00 PM ET; @CBSMRano last posted at 3:30 PM ETreferring to an article about users speculating about “whether Twitter will live or die”.

CBS News’ decision to divest from Twitter comes a little more than three weeks into Musk’s ownership of the company — during which time Twitter’s employee base has shrunk to about 33% of its original size. At least 1,200 Twitter employees reportedly walked off Thursday because they refused to agree to Musk’s demand that they work “long, high-intensity hours.” That raised concerns about Twitter’s ability to keep the service running reliably and securely with an estimated workforce of around 2,500 (down from 7,500 before Musk’s $44 billion acquisition).

Another looming question: will Musk allow Trump to return to Twitter. The former president was kicked out of Twitter in early 2021 for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to subvert the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

On Friday, Musk launched a poll asking his more than 116 million followers whether Twitter should reinstate Trump. After nearly 6 million votes, 55.4% were in favor of repealing Trump.

Musk also said that Twitter was restoring the account of comedian Kathy Griffin (after she was suspended for impersonating Musk), as well as the accounts of right-wing personality Jordan Peterson and satire Babylon Bee (both banned by Twitter for their “hateful conduct” violations regarding anti-transgender posts).

After the mass resignations on Twitter, Musk — the world’s richest individual — called an emergency meeting of engineers on Friday and asked that “everyone who actually writes software” report to the company’s San Francisco headquarters. The mega-billionaire also asked engineers to send him “what your code commands have accomplished in the last ~6 months, along with up to 10 screenshots of the most prominent lines of code.”

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