Twitter executive Yoel Roth, who censored the Hunter Biden story, has quit the company as Elon Musk cleans house at the social media giant.
The move from Roth comes just days after getting support from his new boss Musk.
Roth’s Twitter bio now says: “Former Head of Trust & Safety at @Twitter.”
This came right after Musk ended remote work for Twitter employees and told them to tighten their belts as the company is in a tough spot financially.
“Sorry that this is my first email to the whole company, but there is no way to sugarcoat the message,” Musk said.
“Without significant subscription revenue, there is a good chance Twitter will not survive the upcoming economic downturn.
“We need roughly half of our revenue to be subscription.”
Emily Horne said of Roth; “He’s worked incredibly hard under very challenging circumstances, including being personally targeted by some of the most vicious trolls who were active on the platform.
“He stayed through all of that because he believed so deeply in the work his team was doing to promote a public conversation and improve the health of that conversation.”
The news comes as Democrat President Joe Biden’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed it is “tracking recent developments at Twitter with deep concern.”
“No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decrees.
“Our revised consent order gives us new tools to ensure compliance, and we are prepared to use them.”
Musk responded with:
“Twitter will do whatever it takes to adhere to both the letter and spirit of the FTC consent decree.
“Anything you read to the contrary is absolutely false.
“The same goes for any other government regulatory matters where Twitter operates.”
According to The New York Post:
In other tweets dating back to 2016 and 2017, Roth dubbed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell a “personality-free bag of farts,” bragged about his $100 donation to then-Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and snidely remarked of the middle of the country:
“I’m just saying, we fly over those states that voted for a racist tangerine for a reason.”
…Edward Perez, Twitter’s former product director for civic integrity, which includes its election policies, shared a similar warning.
“While we cannot predict what might happen in the post-election period, I can imagine scenarios where ‘tough calls’ would have naturally made their way up to Yoel,” Perez told the Washington Post.
“Now of course it begs the question: Who has sufficient institutional knowledge at this critical time?”