FACT CHECK: Did Elon Musk Fire Twitter’s Policy Chief Live On Air?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk firing Twitter’s policy chief, Vijaya Gadde, live on air during a podcast.

Verdict: False

The video is edited and is taken from two different podcast episodes. Gadde was not fired on the air.

Fact Check:

Musk confirmed that Twitter suffered a “massive drop in revenue” as advertisers halt their spending on the platform, CNBC reported. Twitter axed approximately half of the workforce of the company, with the team battling misinformation being spared most cuts, according to Reuters.

The Facebook video, viewed over 9,000 times, shows Musk and Gadde on UFC Commentator and Comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” The video contains many quick cuts, dramatic zooms and exaggerated sound effects.

“Elon Musk fires Twitter’s Chief Legal Officer and Policy Chief Vijaya Gadde ON AIR!” the post reads.

The video is digitally altered using heavily edited clips from two separate episodes of podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience.” The clips with Musk are from episode 1169, which took place in September 2018. The clips with Gadde and podcaster Tim Pool are from episode 1258, which took place in March 2019.

The person who initially shared the video, Damon Imani, clarified that the video was a parody on Twitter.

Musk fired several high-level employees since he acquired Twitter, one of which was Gadde. However, this was not done live on the air, nor has any recording of the firing been released. Allegedly, Gadde was fired “within hours” of Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, Insider reports. (RELATED: Does This Video Show Ted Cruz Saying He Has Documents That Would Implicate Adam Schiff?)

This is not the first time altered media has been the source of misinformation on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim former President Barack Obama wore a pro-democrat shirt ahead of the 2022 midterms.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter


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