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Friday evening, a CBS News reporter announced on air that the network had decided to boycott its tweeting operations “out of an abundance of caution,” citing the turmoil at the company following rounds of mass layoffs and resignations.
Hilariously, in under 48 hours, the outlet was back on Twitter, and its return generated brutal mockery given that it appeared the network fell for what turned out to be blatantly false hype that Twitter’s backend would fail without its once-bloated and needlessly large workforce.
“After pausing for much of the weekend to assess the security concerns, CBS News and Stations is resuming its activity on Twitter as we continue to monitor the situation,” CBS News’s official Twitter account posted Sunday afternoon.
The outlet’s Friday night announcement came at the same time intense speculation emerged that Twitter would soon be nonfunctional after its new owner, Elon Musk, fired thousands of employees, with many more leaving voluntarily. Most of the establishment media outlets worked their followers into a frenzy, and many seemed convinced that by Saturday morning, Twitter would be Thanos’ed from existence.
“In light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform,” CBS News national correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti said Friday evening.
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