Washington (US), May 17: Twitter does not believe in free speech and people working at the company 'hated' Elon Musk's USD 44 billion bid to take control of the company, alleged a man being described as a senior engineer with the social media giant.
A video reportedly showing a senior Twitter engineer, Siru Murugesan, saying that the company has a strong left-wing bias and that right-wingers are openly censored was released by Project Veritas, an American far-right activist group. Murugesan was seen on camera claiming that Twitter's company culture is particularly far left and that his colleagues 'hate, hate, hate' Elon Musk's proposed takeover.
According to Murugesan, Twitter's office politics were so left-leaning that employees had to change their original views to fit in with the prevailing atmosphere.
Twitter has agreed to a USD 44 billion acquisition by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, while the deal is still subject to shareholder approval. Elon Musk, on the other hand, has put the USD 44 billion takeover bid for the microblogging site on hold.
Musk has frequently complained on Twitter about a left-wing bias. He previously stated that Twitter's decision to ban former US President Donald Trump was a mistake and that if his takeover of the social media company is successful, he would reverse it.
Talking about 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 further said that a lot has changed since Musk began the takeover process in April and employees were worried for their jobs, as his companies run differently in contrast to Twitter's 'socialist' workplace.
"He's a capitalist and we weren't really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like we're all commie"
Murugesan also said the company's operating procedures were extremely lax and "essentially like everyone gets to do whatever they want".
He added that many staffers had openly tried to thwart the Musk takeover and a lot of employees revolted against it.
After Musk announced the Twitter takeover, Murugesan stated, "Employees warned of the 'exodus' of staff," adding, "We did all we could, to like a revolt against it."