Twitter’s chief security officer says election integrity is a “highest priority” for the company, even if the company has laid off half of its staff in the last 24 hours. Yoel Roth, Twitter’s chief of security and one of the company’s leaders in surviving mass layoffs, took to Twitter to downplay moderation concerns raised by activists and advertisers in recent days.
“Yesterday’s security force reductions affected approximately 15% of our Trust & Safety organization (vs. approximately 50% company-wide cuts), with our frontline moderation staff feeling the least impact,” Roth tweeted. “With early voting in the US, our efforts to protect the integrity of the election — including damaging misinformation that can stifle voting and combating government-backed information operations — remain a top priority.”
Roth’s comments come hours after the NAACP joined a coalition of activists and civil rights organizations to demand advertiser spending on Twitter. While Musk met with civil rights activists earlier this week, those calling for a boycott said the company’s deep downsizing has undermined its promise to maintain Twitter’s election-protection policies and its rules on hate speech.