Elon Musk says Twitter will take legal action against a ‘disgruntled employee’

Billionaire Elon Musk said Twitter would take legal action against an employee who said he was the source of a platformer report that said Musk’s tweets were artificially boosted.

Musk asked 80 Twitter engineers to find ways to promote his tweets after President Joe Biden tweeted about the Super Bowl, Platformer reported Wednesday, citing engineers.

A Twitter user asked Musk on Friday whether the platformer’s report was false.

Elon Musk replied: “The ‘source’ of the bogus Platformer article is a disgruntled employee who had been on paid time off for months, had already accepted a job at Google and felt the need to poison the well on the way out. Twitter will be taking legal action against him.”

He did not name the employee against whom he said Twitter was taking legal action.

Platformer reporter Casey Newton told Insider, “Elon’s tweet is completely false. We stand by our reporting.”

Musk sent an email to Twitter employees in December threatening to sue employees who leaked confidential information to the media and told them they would have to sign a pledge saying they understood, the platformer Zoe Schiffer tweeted.

A person familiar with the matter confirmed to Insider that Musk sent the email.

The CEO tweeted on Friday that several major media sources had misreported that his tweets were amplified above normal levels.

He said a review of his tweets over the past six months showed that the reports were false.

Musk, who has 129 million Twitter followers, tweeted, “We had a bug that gave abbreviated replies the same prominence as primary tweets, but that has now been fixed.”

In its story, the platformer reported that Musk’s tweet about the Super Bowl got more than 9 million impressions, while Biden’s tweet about the game got nearly 29 million impressions.

The publication reported that Musk highlighted that there was a problem with engagement on the platform. Musk wanted engineers to fix it and his deputy told him he would lose his job if he didn’t.

Another Platformer article, published on February 9, reported that sources said Musk fired a Twitter engineer who told him he was declining in popularity on the site.

Since Musk took over Twitter in October, he has fired some employees after criticizing him and laid off thousands of others.

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Information Source: Insider

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