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Elon Musk called out a Twitter executive who was caught poking fun at the billionaire’s Asperger in a video recently posted by Project Veritas.
Alex Martinez, identified by Project Veritas as Twitter’s top client partner, was recorded slamming its new boss, decrying the Tesla CEO’s mission to reform the platform’s policies in favor of free speech.
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“He has Asperger’s Syndrome. So he’s special!” Martinez told an undercover Project Veritas reporter in a video posted Tuesday. “You have special needs! You literally have special needs.”
“So I can’t even take what you say seriously,” added Martinez.
Musk didn’t seem to take the comments lightly, tweeting, “Twitter executives are destroying free speech and mocking people with Asperger’s Syndrome…”
The billionaire pinned this tweet on his Twitter page.
Musk also separately tweeted a frowning emoji in response to the video.
Martinez’s comments came just a day after Project Veritas posted another video featuring senior Twitter engineer Siru Murugesan, who was caught saying that Twitter “doesn’t believe in free speech” and how a “capitalist” like Musk can clash with fellow Murugesan , whom he described as “socialist” and “commie like f—.”
“Ideologically it doesn’t make sense, because we’re actually censoring the right and not the left,” Murugesan told an undercover Project Veritas reporter in Monday’s video. “So everyone on the right will be like, ‘Brother, it’s okay to say it, I just have to tolerate it. The left will say, “No, I’m not going to tolerate it. I need it censored or I won’t be on the platform.” So it does that on the right. It’s true. There is a bias.”
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When asked what his colleagues thought about Musk becoming their new boss, Murugesan replied “they hate it” although he himself was “at least okay with it”.
“Some of my colleagues are super left, left, left, left, left… They say, ‘This would be my last day,'” the lead engineer said. “We did everything we could to, like, rebel against that. A lot of employees rebelled against that, but ultimately the board has a say, and then they acted in his best interest because he didn’t ‘I don’t want to be sued.’
Following the leak of Murugesan’s comments, internal Twitter staff memos were leaked to Project Veritas warning of “increased targeting” of employees, known within the company as “Tweeps”.
“Groups like Project Veritas are active right now,” Twitter’s security team told staff. “These groups use social engineering tactics to get close to employees and obtain videos and recordings of employees discussing internal company issues and often selectively edit these recordings to distort the conversations in order to advance their own political or ideological agendas.
“Given the interest in Twitter at this time, we expect this targeting to continue and possibly increase, and it is more important than ever that we remain vigilant,” the memo reads before urging staff, “Do not disclose confidential, proprietary information, or discuss internal conversations, policies, or products outside of the office.”
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In leaked footage from Tuesday, Martinez unwittingly showed the undercover Project Veritas reporter the memo.
“It’s like a group just trying to get the employees out,” Martinez told the Project Veritas reporter. “Like they’re trying to go on dates with them, like that, and tape them…and say, ‘That’s what a Twitter guy just said.'”
Martinez added, “You’re lucky you met me organically because I would question everything about you.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.