CBS News suspends Twitter posts ‘in light of uncertainty’ over Musk-owned social platform

CBS News is halting its activity on Twitter due to the turbulent and potentially devastating moves by Elon Musk following his acquisition of the company.

“In light of the uncertainty surrounding Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social networking site while continuing to monitor the platform,” Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News national correspondent, said in a report on the latest. chaos at the company on the “CBS Evening News” on Friday.

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

Currently, the most recent post on @CBSNews is a retweet from a segment shared at 3:38 p.m. ET on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of special counsel to oversee investigations into Donald Trump. On @CBSEveningNews, the most recent tweet It’s the story of a dog who “turned herself in to police after getting lost on a walk,” which posted at 5 pm ET; @CBSMornings last posted at 3:30 pm ETwith a link to an article about users speculating on “whether Twitter will live or die”.

CBS News’ decision to pull out of Twitter comes just over three weeks after Musk owned the company, during which time Twitter’s employee base has shrunk to about 33% of its previous size. According to reports, at least 1,200 Twitter employees resigned on Thursday, refusing to agree to Musk’s demand to work “long hours at high intensity.” That has raised concerns about Twitter’s ability to keep the service operating reliably and securely with a staff estimated at around 2,500 (up from 7,500 before Musk’s $44 billion acquisition).

Another looming question: whether Musk will allow Trump to return to Twitter. The former president was banned from Twitter in early 2021 for his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol with the aim of subverting the 2020 US presidential election.

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

Musk also said Twitter was reinstating the account of comedian Kathy Griffin (after she was suspended for impersonating Musk), as well as right-wing figure Jordan Peterson and satire site Babylon Bee (both banned by Twitter for violations of his “hateful policy”). “conduct” policy on anti-transgender posts).

After mass resignations on Twitter, Musk, the world’s richest person, called an emergency meeting of engineers on Friday and requested that “anyone who actually writes software” show up at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. The billionaire also asked engineers to send him “what their code commands have accomplished in the last six months, along with up to 10 screenshots of the most prominent lines of code.”

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