CBS News ceased broadcasting news on Twitter due to “uncertainty” about the social media company’s new CEO, Elon Musk. However, the news network was unable to wait the entire 48 hours before rejoining Twitter.
CBS News has returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus.
CBS News’ official Twitter account stopped publishing at about 3:45 p.m. on Friday.
“In light of the uncertainties surrounding Twitter, and out of an excess of caution, CBS News has paused activity on Twitter,” CBS News stated in a statement on Friday.
CBS News as well as other CBS-owned properties have discontinued their use of Twitter.
However, CBS News did not wait two days before reconnecting to Twitter and posting on Sunday – only hours after Musk reactivated former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
“After halting for the majority of the weekend to evaluate security concerns, CBS News and affiliates is restarting its activity on Twitter as we continue to watch the situation,” CBS News tweeted at 9:36 a.m. on Sunday.
Musk responded with a laughing hand over the face emoji.
“They should invite Walter Cronkite back,” Musk suggested to CBS News.
On Twitter, CBS News was mocked.
Others made fun of CBS News for going back to Twitter.
“Clowns,” says BlazeTV presenter Jason Whitlock.
“CBS attempted to rage-quit Twitter seeking attention, but now have predictably crawled back,” says podcast presenter Lauren Chen.
“Please keep all of us updated on the very genuine crisis you are undoubtedly closely tracking,” writes journalist Michael Tracey.
“We virtue-signalled too hastily and are now quickly backtracking, while we’re trying hard to refrain from taking any accountability for the repercussions of our folly,” says clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson.
“I’m fleeing away from home,” says investigative reporter Mairead Elordi.
Glenn Greenwald, an independent journalist: “CBS News has concluded that Twitter is safe to use again – but only for the time being! They are still assessing security issues and monitoring the situation. If there are additional breakouts of free speech or hearings from individuals media despise, they may withdraw once more.”
Elon Musk accuses the New York Times of “far-left indoctrination.”
On Sunday, Musk mocked more than one traditional media outlet.
Matt Taibbi, an author, and independent journalist tweeted a link to his Substack story titled “No, NY Times, You Do not even ‘Deserve Better’ Than Trump.”
Taibbi criticized the NY Times editorial board for writing an article declaring that “America deserves much better than Donald Trump” in response to Trump’s announcement of his presidential bid in 2024.
“The New York Daily News argues America does not really ‘deserve’ Donald Trump, however the Times certainly does, especially since earning a Prize for a narrative mishandled across years,” Taibbi wrote on Twitter.