On Monday, Project Veritas released footage showing Twitter staff being opposed to the Musk takeover and describing their lax commitments to free speech.
In the video, a Twitter Senior Engineer named Siru Murugesan is seen discussing Twitter’s company culture and describing them as extremely far left. He said the company environment is very left-wing and it even shifted some of his own views working there.
“Like I started working at Twitter and became left. I think it’s just like the environment, like you’re there and you become like this commie,” he told Veritas in the video.
Hey says that left-wingers and right-wingers can’t co-exist on Twitter and that the company seeks to censor conservatives because they endure it while lefties threaten to leave if people they don’t like are not removed from the platform.
When describing the censorship, the engineer says it fairly plainly.
“Ideologically, it does not make sense like, because we’re actually censoring the right, and not the left. 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,” says the current Twitter engineer.
When discussing Musk’s takeover, the engineer says “Twitter does not believe in free speech.”
He says that many of the employees at Twitter “hated” Musk and his takeover: “They hate it. Oh my God. I’m at least like okay with it. But some of my colleagues are like super left, left, left, left, left.”
Murugesan said that some of the employees would quit if the Billionaire took over. He does say that the company has changed since the takeover began in response to how Musk runs his companies.
“You know, our jobs are at stake. He’s a capitalist and we weren’t really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like we’re all commie as f*ck,” Murugesan said.
The engineer also says that the company culture is very lax with many employees taking weeks even months off just for their mental health.
“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. 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. But at the same time, you know, like the profits weren’t a lot.”
On Friday, the eccentric Elon Musk put the Twitter deal “temporarily on hold” over claims that there are too many bots and fake accounts on the platform.
Last week, Musk promised to lift Twitter’s suspension of former President Trump as soon as the deal closes. This is the first video by Project Veritas to be released since the Twitter takeover.