Twitter CEO Elon Musk in a now-deleted tweet expressed reduction that Home Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is poised to finish his chairmanship subsequent month, the most recent of their current heated back-and-forth on the platform.
Schiff has lengthy railed in opposition to Musk as contributing to an increase in hate speech and misinformation on Twitter, however on Friday, Schiff particularly responded to the social media platform’s suspension of a number of distinguished journalists.
“Elon Musk calls himself a free speech absolutist, to justify turning a blind eye to hatred and bigotry on Twitter. However when journalists report unfavorable information, they’re banned with out warning. The devotion to free speech is seemingly not that absolute. However the hypocrisy is,” Schiff wrote.
“Fortunately, you lose your chairmanship very quickly. Your mind is just too small,” Musk replied early Sunday morning earlier than later deleting the tweet.
The tweet got here the identical day as Musk traveled to Doha, Qatar for the ultimate sport of the World Cup, the place he was noticed alongside Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of and White Home aide to former President Trump.
Schiff and Musk have critiqued one another for days because the Tesla CEO’s takeover of Twitter attracts the ire of many liberals and civil rights teams, who’ve raised issues about hate speech on the platform.
Schiff and one other Home Democrat earlier this month despatched a letter to Musk, demanding solutions about his content material moderation technique as they cited knowledge suggesting the variety of tweets containing slurs has grown exponentially since Musk’s takeover.
“False, hate speech impressions are literally down by 1/3 for Twitter now vs previous to acquisition,” Musk responded to a Dec. 8 tweet by Schiff referencing the letter.
The Hill has reached out to Schiff’s workplace for remark..
With Republicans set to take management of the Home, Schiff is poised to relinquish his chairmanship early subsequent month.
Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who’s trying to safe the speakership, has vowed as well Schiff from the Intelligence Committee fully.