Video: BBC Reporter Arrives Unannounced At Twitter HQ For A Surprise On-The-Spot Interview With Elon Musk – BBC Made A Big Mistake

Elon Musk has accused a BBC reporter of lying during an interview amid a row over whether hate speech is on the rise on the social network.

In a late-night discussion with the broadcaster, Mr Musk went on the attack against a BBC journalist who had asked him to respond to claims that hate speech had become more prevalent on Twitter since his takeover.

After Mr Musk asked the reporter, US tech journalist James Clayton, for an example of the offensive content, he accused him of spreading a “false” claim.

Mr Musk said: “I say sir that you don’t know what you are talking about… because you cannot give me a single example of hateful content, not even one tweet.

“You claimed that hateful content is high. That is false, you just lied.”

Mr. Clayton defended his line of questioning, citing an organization that has warned about a rise in hateful posts on the site.

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Despite the altercation, Mr Musk said he would bow to the BBC’s demands to remove a Twitter label designating the corporation as “government-funded media” after a row with the broadcaster.

Mr. Musk said he would agree to alter the disclaimer to read “publicly funded”. He added: “We want it to be as truthful and accurate as possible – we’re adjusting the label.”

The billionaire had waded into a dispute with the broadcaster after adding labels to state-funded media groups on the social network. He claimed the BBC was guilty of bias, although added it was “among the least biased”.

Elon Musk has laid off more than 6,000 people at Twitter since taking over the company, he told the BBC in a rare interview late Tuesday.

Musk was quoted as saying in the interview that the social media platform now has only 1,500 employees, down from under 8,000 who were employed at the time of his acquisition. The reduction equates to roughly 80% of the company’s staff.

It’s “not fun at all” and can sometimes be “painful,” the billionaire CEO told the British broadcaster at Twitter’s head office in San Francisco.

The world’s second richest man said that “drastic action” was needed when he came on board, because the company was facing “a $3 billion negative cash flow situation.” That left Twitter (TWTR) with only “four months to live,” he estimated.

“This is not a caring [or] uncaring situation. It’s like, if the whole ship sinks, then nobody’s got a job,” Musk said.

Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion last October.

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Waah Elon BooHoo
Waah Elon BooHoo
5 months ago

If Elon was smart, he’d not give these jackals the time of day.
I have a company to run, no time for children and their lies to go run to daddy with for their monthly bonus’

Do what you have to do, F the press, you owe them NOTHING. If they don’t like it then don’t use your product. If they left the quality would actually go up.

5 months ago

i believe we need more elon musk’s and less npr.

5 months ago

Elon is the man. This British clown can’t name ONE thing. One would think a reporter would at least familiarize himself with Twitter before he attacks the platform! LOL! No, one actually wouldn’t think that! As far as the Left is concerned, this is the Way.

Mad Celt
Mad Celt
5 months ago

Give an example? These people don’t need one. They just have to say its there. Its like the people who told me Trump needed to be impeached. I’d ask what for, they would reply lying. What did he lie about? Everything.

5 months ago

BBC. Blows Black Cox