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A disturbing and shocking video released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas gave Americans a closer look at what’s been happening behind closed doors at Twitter.
Twitter’s Lead Client Partner, Alex Martinez, is seen rejecting the principle of free speech and even mocking Elon Musk for having Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a developmental disorder. This disorder often impacts a person’s behavior and thinking patterns, which can make it difficult to relate to others socially.
“He has Asperger’s. So he’s special!” Martinez told an undercover journalist with Project Veritas.
“You’re special needs! You’re literally special needs,” he added. “So I can’t even take what you’re saying seriously.”
Musk, who is the richest person in the world, has offered to purchase Twitter for $44 billion in order to take the company private, make the algorithm open source to increase trust, and ensure it allows for free speech.
The offer was accepted by the company’s board of directors, which triggered meltdowns by numerous Twitter employees. Watch the video:
Wow! 👀 BREAKING: @Twitter Lead Client Partner Says Woke “Ideology” Responsible For Inability to “Profit”; Affirms Twitter Not Here “To Give People Free Speech”; Refuses Taking @ElonMusk “Seriously” Due to “Asperger’s” Making Him “Special”#TwitterExposed pic.twitter.com/Kx0lGqd43P
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) May 17, 2022
Musk responded simply by tweeting a frown emoji in response to the video.
Musk also said, “Twitter exec trashing free speech & mocking people with Asperger’s.”
The multi-billionaire pinned that tweet to the top of his Twitter page.
More on this story via Fox News:
Martinez’s comments came just one day after Project Veritas released another video featuring Twitter senior engineer Siru Murugesan, who was caught saying Twitter “does not believe in free speech” and how a “capitalist” like Musk may come into conflict with Murugesan’s fellow colleagues, who he described as being “socialist” and “commie as f—.”
“Ideologically, it does not make sense, like, because we’re actually censoring the right and not the left,” Murugesan told an undercover Project Veritas journalist in Monday’s video. “So everyone on the right will be like, ‘Bro, it’s okay to say it, 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.”
When asked what his colleagues think of Musk becoming their new boss, Murugesan said “they hate it” though he himself is “at least okay with it.”
“Some of my colleagues are like super left, left, left, left, left… They’re like, ‘This would be my last day,’” the senior engineer said. “We did all we could to, like, revolt against it. A lot of the employees revolted against it, but at the end of the day, the board of directors have the say and then they acted on their best interests because they didn’t wanna get sued.”
Following the leak of Murugesan’s comments, internal memos to Twitter staff were leaked to Project Veritas warning “increased targeting” of employees, referred to within the company as “Tweeps.”
“Groups like Project Veritas are active right now,” Twitter’s security team told staff. “These groups use social engineering tactics to get close to employees and obtain videos and recordings of employees discussing internal company matters and often selectively edit those recordings to misrepresent conversations to further their own political or ideological agendas.”
“Given the interest in Twitter at the moment, we expect for this targeting to continue and possibly increase, and it’s more important than ever that we remain vigilant,” the memo read before urging staff, “Do not disclose confidential, proprietary information, or discuss internal conversations, policies or products outside of the office.”