Updated Nov 20, 2022 - Technology

CBS News resumes Twitter use after "uncertainty" following Musk takeover

Twitter Headquarters is seen in San Francisco, California, on Nov. 18, 2022. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

CBS News said Sunday it's resuming its use of Twitter after around a 40-hour pause because of its "security concerns" with the platform.

The big picture: It was the first major U.S. news organization to suspend use the social media platform since Elon Musk's chaotic takeover, which has been riddled with layoffs, conspiracy theories, and has raised questions about content moderation.

  • The media company did not say what its security concerns were or whether they were resolved.

What they're saying: "After pausing for much of the weekend to assess the security concerns, CBS News and Stations is resuming its activity on Twitter as we continue to monitor the situation," the new organization's communications team tweeted Sunday.

  • "In light of the uncertainty around 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," CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti said during a report on the "CBS Evening News" Friday.
  • "We are hopeful that we will resume activity very soon," a spokesperson for CBS News and Stations had told Axios on Saturday.

Separately, other brands like General Mills, Pfizer, The North Face and several automobile companies have paused or slowed their Twitter advertising buys since Musk's takeover.

  • As a vast majority of the social media platform's revenue comes from ads, Musk reportedly wants to make subscriptions a bigger revenue stream.

Meanwhile, Musk put up a poll Friday night asking Twitter users if he should reinstate former President Donald Trump's suspended account.

  • The poll highlights how the platform's policies are now defined by Musk's edict, as Twitter's former head of trust and safety Yoel Roth wrote in a New York Times op-ed.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that CBS News resumed Twitter use on Sunday.

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