Last Updated on May 17, 2022
Project Veritas has released a new undercover report in which a top Twitter engineer can be heard bragging about the company’s censorship of right-leaning figures. The engineer went on to later described he and his co-workers as “commie as f***.”
“Twitter does not believe in free speech,” Siru Murugesan said in a series of hidden-camera clips released Monday by Project Veritas. “Elon [Musk] believes in free speech,” added Murugesan, who went on to state that many of his coworkers “hate” the Tesla CEO’s planned overhaul. “Some of my colleagues are like super left, left, left, left, left,” said Murugesan, adding that many have threatened to quit if Musk takes over.
In another meeting, the engineer stated that his leftist views were introduced to him after he started working at Twitter. “Like I started working at Twitter and became left,” Murugesan said. “I think it’s just like the environment. Like you you’re there and you become this commie.”
“Ideologically, it does not make sense like, because we’re actually censoring the right and not the left,” the Twitter engineer told the undercover Project Veritas 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.”
Breaking from Project Veritas
Twitter employee confirms bias at Twitter
Seems I was right
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) May 16, 2022
The latest Project Veritas report on Twitter comes as Elon Musk hopes to complete his 44-billion-dollar acquisition by this fall. Musk has affirmed his intent to complete the deal, though he has reportedly taken issue with the number of spam accounts on the platform.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has claimed that bot/spam accounts make up just 5% of the platform’s active user base. Musk meanwhile claims to have done internal analysis finding that upwards of 15-20% of “active users” are actually spam accounts.
“Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of 5%. This deal cannot move forward until he does, Musk wrote in a tweet Sunday, adding that his deal is contingent on “Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate.”
If completed, Musk’s takeover could leave cost employees like Murugesan their jobs. “You know, our jobs are at stake,” the senior Twitter engineer unknowingly told Project Veritas when asked if he feared for his job security. “He’s a capitalist and we weren’t really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like we’re all commie as f***.”
“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,” Murugesan continued. “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.”
Project Veritas has released additional Twitter reports in the past. Last year, the outfit revealed that the San Francisco-based platform was banning anyone who questioned the results in the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election.