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‘Twitter Does Not Believe In Free Speech’: Engineer Admits Censorship

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* Project Veritas have published a secretly recorded conversation with a Twitter engineer admitting the company has a left-wing bias

* Siru Murugesan, described by Project Veritas as a senior engineer at the company, said it was ‘commie as f***’

* He said many employees were angry and worried about Elon Musk’s takeover of the company, and ‘did all we could, to like revolt against it’

* Murugesan said that Twitter had operated an extremely left-wing, lax culture where people could take any time off they wanted and not worry about profit

* He told the undercover operative that there was ‘bias’ against conservatives, and said: ‘Twitter does not believe in free speech’

A man described by Project Veritas as a senior engineer with Twitter has been caught admitting to an undercover reporter that the company has a strong left-wing bias, and conservatives are routinely censored.

Siru Murugesan was filmed by a Veritas operative saying that the company culture at Twitter is extremely far left, and saying his colleagues ‘hate, hate, hate’ the proposed takeover by Elon Musk.

‘Twitter does not believe in free speech,’ he said, adding that his co-workers ‘hated’ Musk’s $44 billion bid to take control of the company.

‘They hate it,’ he said.

‘Oh my God. I’m at least like okay with it. But some of my colleagues are like super left, left, left, left, left.’

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Asked how his co-workers responded to the news of Musk’s buyout, Murugesan replied: ‘They’re like, ‘this would be my last day if this happens’.’

Murugesan said Twitter’s office politics were so left-leaning they shaped his own views, and changed him.

‘Like I started working at Twitter and became left,’ he said.

‘I think it’s just like the environment, like you’re there and you become like this commie.’

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Murugesan said that right-wingers were openly censored.

‘Ideologically, it does not make sense like, because we’re actually censoring the right, and not the left,’ he told the undercover reporter.

‘So, everyone on the right wing will be like, ‘bro, it’s okay to stay, just gotta tolerate it.’

‘The left will be like, no, I’m not gonna tolerate it. I need it censored or else I’m not gonna be on the platform.

‘So, it does that on the right. It’s true. There is bias. It is what it is today,’ said Murugesan.

Musk himself has frequently complained about a left-wing bias on Twitter, noting that right-wing figures like Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are banned while extremists on the other side are allowed to remain on the platform.

Murugesan said ‘a lot has changed’ since Musk began the takeover process on April 25.

He said employees were worried for their jobs, because his companies run differently to Twitter’s ‘socialist’ workplace.

‘You know, our jobs are at stake,’ he said.

‘He’s a capitalist and we weren’t really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like we’re all commie as f***.’

Murugesan said the company’s operating procedures were extremely lax.

‘Essentially like everyone gets to do whatever they want, no one really cares about like [operating expenses], like capitalists, they care about numbers or care about how to make the business more efficient,’ he said.

‘But in Twitter, it’s like mental health is everything, like if you are not feeling it, you can take a few days off.

‘People have taken months off, they will come back.

‘But you always like, like do your best at any time. And that’s the culture and you know we’ll run the business as much as possible.

‘But at the same time, you know, like the profits weren’t a lot.’

Murugesan said that many staffers had openly tried to thwart the takeover, worried in particular about Musk’s promise to reinstate people like Trump. Critics warn that it will see a surge in hate speech on the platform; supporters say it is an important move for free speech.

‘We did all we could, to like revolt against it,’ said Murugesan.

‘But at the end of the day, [the] board of directors have the say, and then they acted on their best interests cause they didn’t wanna get sued.’

The day that Musk’s takeover was announced – April 25 – Twitter employees warned of a ‘mass exodus’ of staff, with one participant at an ‘All Hands’ meeting describing the world’s richest man as ‘a person with questionable ethics’.

Staff were invited to the meeting via videolink, hosted by CEO Parag Agrawal and Bret Taylor, the chair of the board.

Questions submitted by staff during the 45-minute meeting were read out by the chief marketing officer, Leslie Berland.

One question asked, in another recording obtained by Project Veritas, was: ‘How does the board and Mr Musk plan on dealing with a mass exodus considering the acquisition is by a person with questionable ethics?’

Taylor replied that ‘one of the themes of today is continuity’.

He said: ‘The question of attrition: As Parag stated, one of the themes of today is continuity, and ensuring that Parag and this leadership team continues to operate the business successfully on behalf of our users, on behalf of our customers, and that has obviously been a big topic of discussion at the board.

‘And as I mentioned, an area that is important to Elon Musk as well, because of the importance of Twitter as a service.’

Agrawal said he had seen many questions about the process, about share schemes, and about working conditions in the future. He said much was still to be clarified.

He said he would try and arrange a staff forum with Musk, and said that he would remain at the company as CEO, at least until the deal was finalized.

‘He wants Twitter to be a powerful, positive force in the world, just like all of us,’ Agrawal said of Musk.

He urged employees to ‘operate Twitter as we always have,’ adding that ‘how we run the company, the decisions we make and the positive changes we drive — that will be on us, and under our control.’

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