CBS News is tweeting again on Twitter, after it suspended activity on Elon Musk’s social platform for some 40 hours due to “security concerns.”
“After pausing for much of the weekend to assess the security issues, CBS News and Stations has resumed its activity on Twitter as we continue to monitor the situation,” the news organization’s comms team said. tweeted Sunday morning at 9:36 a.m. ET.
On Friday, CBS News had said, “In light of the uncertainty surrounding 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.” Multiple advertisers have said they are freezing ad spend on Twitter amid the chaos caused by Musk, but CBS News was the largest media outlet to publicly say it was stepping back from Twitter.
CBS News’ warning was prompted by the drastic changes Musk has made to the company since taking Twitter private on Oct. 27. He eliminated the senior management team, named himself CEO and fired 50% of Twitter’s staff. Then, on November 17, hundreds of Twitter employees resigned after Musk set a deadline for employees to affirm their commitment to “extremely hardcore” working conditions.
CBS News was particularly concerned about the security of information on Twitter, given the departure of key personnel responsible for managing it. The news outlet has been closely monitoring the situation to see if any of Twitter’s critical functions are down and if Twitter is susceptible to hacking attacks.
Twitter’s mass exodus — now with an estimated workforce of less than 2,500, up from 7,500 before Musk’s $44 billion takeover — has raised fears that the platform could collapse operationally.
Musk, the world’s richest person, has seemingly unilaterally made changes to Twitter’s processes and policies. On Saturday, he announced that Donald Trump’s account was being reactivated after a poll of his Twitter followers showed a slim majority in favor of the ex-president’s return to the platform.
Twitter banned Trump in January 2021, citing concerns that Trump’s tweets could provoke more violence in the wake of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk wrote, a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God,” reversing the decision on Trump’s story. Trump has claimed he will no longer post on Twitter because he wants to stay on his company’s much smaller Truth Social app.