December 2, 2022

Twitter laid off half of its workforce on Friday, but said cuts in the team responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation were smaller

ROSEMONT, Illinois: US President Joe Biden said Friday that Elon Musk bought Twitter, a social media platform that spreads lies around the world.

Twitter laid off half of its workforce on Friday, but said cuts in the team responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation were smaller as advertisers cut spending over content moderation concerns.

Biden said at a fundraiser, “And now, what we’re all worried about: Elon Musk goes out and buys an outfit that broadcasts – that spits out lies around the world… There are no more editors in America. There are no editors. How do we expect children to understand what is at stake?”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre previously told reporters that Biden had made it clear that there was a need to reduce hate speech and misinformation.

“That belief extends to Twitter, it extends to Facebook and any other social media platform where users can spread misinformation,” she said.

Musk has vowed to restore free speech while preventing Twitter from descending into a “hellscape.” But major advertisers have expressed concerns about its acquisition for months.

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