- Escalating threats of violence against former Twitter executive Yoel Roth forced him to flee his home, CNN reported.
- Roth has come under fire amid new revelations in the ‘Twitter Files’, as well as personal attacks from Musk.
- Musk’s attacks come just weeks after the billionaire defended Roth, tweeting that he had “high integrity”.
The mounting attacks on Twitter against a former corporate executive would begin to have real-world consequences.
Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety, has been forced to flee his home due to escalating threats of violence, according to a CNN report, which cites a person familiar with the matter.
Roth has come under a wave of attacks for decisions he was involved in making on Twitter after the ‘Twitter Files’ were released, which showed internal company communications, including deliberations on whether or not to suspend then-President Donald Trump from Twitter in 2021. The company ultimately decided to suspend Trump, although Musk has reinstated his account since taking over Twitter.
Musk’s attacks on Roth got more personal over the weekend. Adopting a technique often used by the QAnon conspiracy movement, Musk unsubstantiated in more than one tweet that Roth had a permissive view of pedophilia, according to The Washington Post.
Musk’s claims against Roth come just weeks after Musk publicly defended Roth against accusations of leftist bias based on old tweets, including one from 2016 where Roth called former President Donald Trump a “racist mandarin.” .
“We’ve all tweeted questionably, me more than most, but I want to make it clear that I support Yoel. I feel like he has great integrity, and we’re all entitled to our beliefs. policies,” Musk said. tweeted end of October.
Neither Roth nor Twitter immediately responded to requests for comment.
Roth remained in his role as Twitter’s trust and safety officer for two weeks after Musk officially took ownership of the social media platform. However, he resigned from his post in mid-November.