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An executive for Twitter is likely working on his resume after incoming CEO Elon Musk caught the latest video posted by an undercover journalism operation.
In the Project Veritas video, the purported executive is seen mocking Musk over his Asperger’s condition because the billionaire is a supporter of the First Amendment’s free speech clause.
The staffer, who was identified by Project Veritas as Lead Client Partner Alex Martinez, ridicules Musk, makes a startling admission that indeed the platform does censor certain users, and — ironically — says he is aware that the undercover journalism organization is actively attempting to video Twitter employees so he is being extra cautious.
“He has Asperger’s,” Martinez says on the recording, which appears to have been made at a bar or restaurant. “So he’s ‘special.’”
“I’m like, ‘You’re … special needs. You’re literally special needs,” Martinez said.
Twitter executive calling Elon Musk mentally handicapped, “special” and saying he has “aspergers.”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 18, 2022
Last year as he hosted Saturday Night Live, Musk revealed that he has Aspergers.
“People with Asperger syndrome see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you have Asperger syndrome, you have it for life—it is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel that Asperger syndrome is a fundamental aspect of their identity,” says the National Autistic Society in an explainer, Newsweek reported, adding:
AutismSpeaks.org states that some symptoms of Asperger’s include “difficulty with social interactions,” “restricted interest” and “desire for sameness.” Some of the strengths of Asperger’s, according to AutismSpeaks, include “remarkable focus and persistence,” “aptitude for recognizing patterns” and “attention to detail.”
As to whether Musk has seen the video, he answered the question himself — on Twitter.
“Twitter exec trashing free speech & mocking people with Asperger’s,” he wrote in direct response to the video, which was posted by Newsmax’s Benny Johnson.
Twitter exec trashing free speech & mocking people with Asperger’s …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022
The Daily Wire notes further:
Musk, whose $44 billion bid for Twitter is on hold as he demands an audit to determine how many of the platform’s active daily users are actually bots or spam accounts, has said he wants to take Twitter private to ensure that it functions as a “town square” for free speech. Nothing Martinez says on the undercover video is likely to convince Musk Twitter is not silencing people over their beliefs.
“The rest of us who have been here believe in something that’s good for the planet and not just to give people free speech,” Martinez notes in the video. “It’s gonna be hard for him to be like, ‘Uh, because people should be able to make their own decisions. It’s like people don’t know how to make a rational decision if you don’t put out correct things that are supposed to be out in the public.”
Martinez then says, bizarrely, that Twitter has to censor people in order to be fair.
“As an advertiser, as my business what I do every day and why I go out is like, we want [Twitter] to be as fair and transparent and accurate as possible, and if that means there’s a level of censorship to make it correct, quote-unquote. Again, and what does correct mean? I guess like, it just kind of goes into the idea of, like, what is correct?” he rambles.
The undercover reporter then read to Martinez from a company warning, as he pretended to be unfamiliar with his own organization.
“It says ‘groups like “Project Ve-ree-tas’ are active right now,’” he says. “What the f*** is that?”
Martinez explained that he knows the organization..
“It’s like some group that is trying to just out the employees,” Martinez replies. “Like, they’re trying to go out on dates with them, like this. And record them and then go sell it to The New York Times and say, ‘This is what the Twitter employee just said.’”
“You’re lucky you just met me organically because otherwise, I would be questioning everything about you,” he noted further.