In new footage released Monday by Project Veritas, a senior Twitter engineer says the company “does not believe in free speech” and that his colleagues are “commie as f**k”.
Project Veritas reportedly interviewed Senior Engineer Siru Murugesan, who, during a discussion about Elon Musk’s takeover, said “Twitter does not believe in free speech”. “Elon believes in free speech”.
On March 25, Musk tweeted “Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy”. The next day he said “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy”.
In the video, Murugesan then claimed that “our jobs are at stake” because of Musk’s takeover.
“He’s a capitalist and we weren’t really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like we’re all like commies as f**k,” he allegedly said.
Murugesan also explained that he became more left-leaning while working at Twitter, and appeared to say some of his colleagues were very far to the left.
The reporter then asked “How would you describe communism inside Twitter?”
“Essentially like everyone gets to do whatever they want, no one really cares about like OPEX [operating expenses], like capitalists, they care about numbers or care about how to make the business more efficient,” he said.
“But in Twitter, it’s like mental health is everything, like if you are not feeling it, you can take a few days off,” he added.
“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,” Murugesan continued.
He also allegedly said “Capitalists would be like, ‘you gotta try to make profits or you’re out’. A lot of people won’t survive in that culture”.
Murugesan noted that many employees tried to “revolt” against Musk’s takeover and threatened to leave.