CBS News announced Friday night it is “pausing” posting on Twitter due to “uncertainty” about the social media site recently bought by free speech advocate Elon Musk.
Reporter Jonathan Vigliotti read a network statement on the CBS Evening News broadcast Friday night, saying, “In light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform.”
CBS News confirms it’s no longer posting updates on Twitter pic.twitter.com/HoKjOMsBtS
— BNO News Live (@BNODesk) November 19, 2022
A similar statement was posted by a CBS affiliate in San Francisco:
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In light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News Bay Area is pausing its activity on the social media site as we continue to monitor the platform.
— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) November 19, 2022
Industry insider Timothy Burke posted the ban applies to all CBS owned properties, “I’m told this applies to all CBS-owned properties. CBS News previously announced tonight it would no longer be active on Twitter (using this identical language).”
I’m told this applies to all CBS-owned properties. CBS News previously announced tonight it would no longer be active on Twitter (using this identical language). https://t.co/FdEi6RxVIj
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 19, 2022
CBS News reporters appear to have also paused posting to Twitter with the exception of Catherine Herridge who posted to Twitter Saturday morning a promo for a report about the appointment of a special counsel to investigate President Trump.
#SpecialCounsel: What’s behind the announcement, the timing, implications for Trump2024 + GOP @SenatorRisch from the Halifax International Security Forum on Ukraine, NK recent missile launches. WATCH via @CBSNews stream #Weekender https://t.co/0OYo9ZMT64 pic.twitter.com/GjVuM46fer
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) November 19, 2022
Twitter has been in turmoil as Musk has sought to revamp the site and its employment structure at the same time, prompting a mass exodus of managers and workers and a failed attempt at opening verification of accounts to all who paid $8. Musk said this week that traffic at the site has hit new records.
Record numbers of users are logging in to see if Twitter is dead, ironically making it more alive than ever!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
Musk posted a photo early Saturday morning local time showing him with Twitter employees at the company’s San Francisco headquarters.
Just leaving Twitter HQ code review pic.twitter.com/pYcXRTJm14
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022