"Twitter does not believe in free speech."
A senior engineer at Twitter has revealed that the social media giant has a strong left-wing bias and that they frequently censor conservatives.
Over several encounters, Siru Murugesan said that the firm “does not believe in free speech” and even started to turn him left-wing when he joined.
His comments come as Twitter staff fear they will lose their jobs or be stopped from censoring certain content when Elon Musk takes over.
Mr Musk vowed to make the platform a safe space for users to post what they want as well as “defeat the spam bots” and “authenticate all humans”.
Mr Murugesan was filmed by an undercover Project Veritas journalist exposing Twitter’s left-wing agenda.
He said: “Twitter does not believe in free speech.”
He added that his colleagues “hated” Mr Musk’s $44 billion takeover bid.
“They hate it. Oh my God. I’m at least like okay with it. But some of my colleagues are like super left, left, left, left, left.”
On how his colleagues responded to the news, Mr Murugesan replied:
“They’re like, ‘This would be my last day if this happens’.”
Mr Murugesan said the company culture was so left-wing, they shaped his own views.
He continued: “Like I started working at Twitter and became left.
“I think it’s just like the environment, like you’re there and you become like this commie.
“Ideologically, it does not make sense like, because we’re actually censoring the right and not the left.
“So, everyone on the right-wing will be like, ‘bro, it’s okay to stay, 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. It is what it is today.”
Mr Musk has complained about a left-wing bias on Twitter.
Mr Murugesan said “a lot has changed” since the Tesla boss began the takeover process on April 25. He said employees were worried about their jobs because his companies run differently from Twitter’s “socialist” workplace.
He revealed: “You know, our jobs are at stake.
“He’s a capitalist and we weren’t really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like we’re all commie as f***.”
Mr Murugesan went on to speak about the company’s relaxed work environment.
“Essentially like everyone gets to do whatever they want, no one really cares about like [operating expenses], like capitalists, they care about numbers or care about how to make the business more efficient.
“But in Twitter, it’s like mental health is everything, like if you are not feeling it, you can take a few days off. 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. But at the same time, you know, like the profits weren’t a lot.”
Mr Murugesan said that many employees had openly tried to thwart the takeover, worried in particular about Mr Musk’s promise to reinstate people like Donald Trump.
He added: “We did all we could, to like revolt against it. A lot of 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 cause they didn’t wanna get sued.”
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Employee unrest began as soon as Mr Musk’s takeover was confirmed. They have been sharing their concerns in internal chatrooms.
A senior staff video engineer said:
“Not the place to say it perhaps, but I will not work for this company after the takeover.”
Another employee said: “I feel like I’m going to throw up… I really don’t wanna work for a company that is owned by Elon Musk.”
One Twitter staff member complained: “I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do…oh my god, my phone’s been blowing up.
“We have a meeting about it at 5 pm… the CEO is going to address everyone about it (it=elon).
“I hate him, why does he even want this?”