A memo sent from Twitter to staff members and obtained by Project Veritas reveals that the big tech giant is warning employees to be vigilent of groups like Veritas, who recently released video showing a Twitter employee admitting the company's biases.
"In the last couple of weeks (and as recently as yesterday) we have seen increased targeting of Tweeps to obtain company information and insight, and we wanted to inform you of what we're seeing and how to protect yourself," the statement said, acknowledging the videos released by Veritas on Monday night.
"Groups like Project Veritas are active right now. These groups use social engineering tactics to get close to employees and obtain videos and recordings of employees discussing internal company matters and often selectively edit those recordings to misrepresent conversations to further their own political ideological agendas," the statement reads.
It goes on to warn "Tweeps" (Twitter employees) to "not disclose confidential, proprietary information, or discuss internal conversations, policies, or products outside of the office."
Measures to protect oneself from accidentally telling the truth to journalists include watching out for "overly friendly/inquisitive acquaintances" and to trust one's own instincts if an interaction "feels odd or uncomfortable."
The statement comes after Project Veritas released videos showing Twitter staff explaining the deep discontent held by employees for Elon Musk..
Video from Veritas shows a senior engineer saying that Twitter routinely censors conservative viewpoints because right-wingers are willing to put up with it. Elsewhere, they say that left-wingers are leaving because right-wingers feel "safe" to come back, since they see Elon Musk as a leader that represents their interests.
Siru Murugesan, the senior engineer in the video, told an undercover journalist that Twitter's workforce is extremely far left, saying that the company’s overall environment shifts people’s leanings towards the left.
"Like, I started working at Twitter and became left. I think it's just like the environment, like you're there and you become this commie."
Murugesan said that he doesn't foresee left-wingers and right-wingers coexisting on Twitter, and that the company’s censorship routines are biased because right-wingers have endured it, in contrast to left-wingers who threaten to leave if people they don’t like are removed.
"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," he said on video.
When it comes to the free speech issue that inspired Musk’s purchase, Murugesan told the undercover operative, "Twitter does not believe in free speech." He also attests to how his co-workers "hated" Musk deciding to jump on board. "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."
The undercover Veritas person asks what other employees have said. "They're like, 'this would be my last day if this happens'," Murugesan responded.
Murugesan said "a lot has changed" since Elon Musk began the takeover process. He said employees were worried for their jobs because the billionaire capitalist runs his businesses differently from Twitter’s socialist workplace culture. "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*ck."
He also said that the previous management allowed people to take extended time off whenever they want.
"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."
He noted pushback from staffers over Elon Musk’s takeover of the company. "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."