BBC Tech reporter James Clayton was left red-faced following a heated interview with self-described “Chief Twit,” Elon Musk, over allegations of hate speech on Twitter since Musk’s purchase of the site.
Clayton claimed that according to moderators, there were not enough people to police hate speech on the platform. Musk pressed Clayton for specifics, prompting Clayton to cite content that “may include something slightly racist or sexist, those kinds of things”.
However, when challenged for an example, Clayton couldn’t provide one, leading Musk to accuse the reporter of lying. Twitter users criticised Clayton’s unpreparedness, with one calling the interview “a car wreck.”
BBC ‘journalism’ at its finest 🤦🏻♂️
BBC Journo: “There’s been a rise in hatful content on Twitter.”@elonmusk: “Give me an example.”
Journo: “I can’t.”
Musk: “You just lied.” pic.twitter.com/wOfzn5vGfJ
— Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) April 12, 2023