President Joe Biden called out Elon Musk on Friday, saying the billionaire bought a social media platform that “spews lies all over the world.”
“Elon Musk buys an outfit that goes out and spews lies all over the world,” the president said at a Democratic fundraiser in Rosemont, Illinois, outside Chicago, according to the pool.
“There are no editors in America anymore,” he added.
The president’s statement Friday came as Twitter laid off thousands of workers across the company — a drastic cost-cutting move that could shake up how one of the world’s most influential platforms operates a week after Musk bought it.
The purchase was quickly followed by a rise in racist comments and hate speech on the platform, with several major advertisers pausing their Twitter campaigns in recent days.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden spoke of “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 any other social network where users can spread misinformation,” he continued.
Before announcing his purchase last week, Musk wrote an open letter trying to reassure advertisers that he didn’t want the social network to become a “hellscape for everyone.”
He tweeted Friday morning that Twitter had experienced a “tremendous drop in revenue,” which he blamed on “activist groups putting pressure on advertisers,” then addressed the layoffs in a tweet that said, “unfortunately, when the company is losing over $4 million a day, there’s no choice.” “.
The departing workers were offered three months’ compensation, he wrote.