CBS News stops using Twitter because of Elon Musk’s insecurity

CBS News has said it will stop posting on Twitter under the new leadership of Elon Musk due to “uncertainty”. However, CBS News still operates an account on TikTok – which the US government has warned is a Chinese surveillance tool.

CBS Evening News ran an article Friday night titled: “Twitter riots.” The segment began with host Major Garrett saying – without any evidence – that Musk was “quite simply trying to prevent the collapse of the social media platform.”

CBS News national correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti claimed that Musk had given “little assurances that he had a permanent plan” for Twitter’s future because the Tesla CEO asked Social media platform users on what Twitter should do next. Since acquiring Twitter, Musk has repeatedly asked Twitter users how the social media platform could be better in the future.

Vigliotti interviewed a former Twitter employee who worked at the company until Musk took over the company. Coincidentally, the disgruntled former employee is a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against Twitter. The former employee claimed Twitter under Musk was “definitely a culture of fear and insecurity, of fear.”

Justine De Caires worked at Twitter while Musk was CEO for just a few days. Musk completed the acquisition of Twitter on Oct. 27 and then quickly laid off employees. Justine De Caires was one of five former Twitter employees who were promptly and quickly fired filed a lawsuit on November 4th. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges that Twitter violated state and California laws under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). The law requires employers to give at least 60 days’ notice of “plant closures” or “collective layoffs.”

Vigliotti then announced that CBS News would stop posting on Twitter due to “uncertainty” on the social media platform.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding Twitter, and as a precautionary measure, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site while it continues to monitor the platform,” Vigliotti said.

At 9:40 p.m. Friday, CBS-owned San Francisco news station KPIX shared a nearly identical message on Twitter.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding Twitter, and as a precautionary measure, CBS News Bay Area is suspending its activity on the social media site while we continue to monitor the platform,” the news network tweeted.

At the time of publication, the official CBS News Twitter account, which has nearly 9 million followers, has not posted to Musk’s social media platform since Friday. The same goes for the CBS Twitter account with over 1 million followers, the CBS Mornings Twitter account with nearly 500,000 followers, the CBS Evening News account with nearly 400,000 followers, and the CBS Sunday Morning account with over 260,000 followers.

CBS affiliates in Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York have not posted anything for almost 24 hours.

The official CBS News Radio Twitter account continues to tweet.

However, CBS News still maintains one Account on TikTok – which has often been described as possible Chinese spyware.

In October, Forbes reported that TikTok plans to use location data collected in the app to track and monitor some American citizens.

A Forbes report released in August found that “three hundred current employees at TikTok and its parent company ByteDance previously worked for Chinese state media publications.” According to the report, 15 employees worked simultaneously at ByteDance and Chinese state media.

In June, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr asked Apple and Google to remove the TikTok app from their online stores. Carr explained, “At its core, TikTok acts as a sophisticated surveillance tool that collects vast amounts of personal and sensitive data.”

In June 2021, TikTok updated its privacy policy in the United States to allow the app to collect biometric data from US users, including facialprints and voiceprints.

In July 2020, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that TikTok was “putting your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

In December 2019 the Ministry of Defense said TikTok has “potential security risks related to its use”.

That Traffic Safety AuthorityUS Army and Navy previously forbidden TikTok may not be used on government-issued phones.

CBS News did it extensive coverage of TikTok’s potential security threats.

In November 2020, Interview with CBS News Klon Kitchen – who previously worked on cyber strategy at the National Counterterrorism Center, served as a Senior Program Assessment Officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the Office of the Director of Central Intelligence, and was a Lead Analyst in the Al Qaeda leadership the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Klon told CBS News, “What makes TikTok of particular concern is its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, the government of China. The Chinese have merged their government and industry to work together to achieve the goals of the state.”

Klon told the outlet that TikTok uses phones to collect “your name, home address, personal network, who you’re friends with, your online viewing habits” and keypress data.

CBS News published another piece entitled: “How TikTok could be used for disinformation and espionage.”

In 2019, CBS News ran one article with the caption: “Senators say TikTok should be investigated by US intelligence for potential ‘national security risks’.”

You can watch the entire CBS News segment on Twitter below.

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Laura Coffey

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