Elon Musk claimed on Wednesday that Twitter employees had a group on Slack that was a fan club for Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert.
Elon Musk’s comments were included in a Twitter thread in which he posted various links to articles about Fauci, including a Newsweek report that showed Fauci had not been truthful to Congress.
Despite these obvious issues, Twitter still had an internal Slack channel, unsurprisingly called the Fauci Fan Club, tweeted Elon Musk. It was not clear which channel Musk was referring to or how many members it had. Fauci and Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, made outside normal US operating hours.
In a subsequent tweet, Elon Musk said he invited Community Notes, Twitter’s tool that allows users to add context notes to potentially misleading posts, to “correct or modify” his thread. Could Like some prominent Republicans, Musk has criticized Fauci for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elon Musk has been a prominent anti-lockdown activist, and the billionaire has repeatedly accused the White House chief medical adviser of supporting the GOP and sharing anti-democracy conspiracy theories. He also suggested in a tweet that Fauci should be prosecuted. Musk tweeted on December 11, “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci.” Said in Ed.
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter in late October, employees have been careful about what they post on the company’s Slack. The platformer reported in November that some Twitter employees began deleting Slack messages out of fear that Musk might not like the content. The report comes as Musk fired several employees for criticizing him on Twitter and then dismissed at least two dozen employees in a late-night email.