Elon Musk calls out former Twitter executive's disturbing comments on minors and sex

 December 12, 2022

Former Twitter safety chief Yoel Roth has lashed out at new company owner Elon Musk, arguing that his free speech agenda "makes people unsafe in the world."

The Western Journal reported that Musk was quick to fire back, pointing out how Roth failed to stop child exploitation. What's more, he implied that instead of being driven by incompetence, Roth's actions had a darker motive.

Former executive's disturbing thoughts on minors and sex

This past Saturday, Musk referenced a tweet in which Roth highlighted a 2010 Salon article that questioned whether laws governing sexual relationships between teachers and children need to be reevaluated. Musk remarked, "This explains a lot."

Musk then went on to post an excerpt from Roth's Ph.D. thesis in which the former executive suggested that minors should have access to the gay sex app Grindr.

Roth wrote,

Rather than merely trying to absolve themselves of legal responsibility, or worse, trying to drive out teenagers entirely, service providers should instead focus on crafting safety strategies that can accommodate a wide variety of use cases for platforms like Grindr--including, possibly, their role in safely connecting queer young adults.

Twitter sued by child sex abuse victim

This was not the first time that Musk had commented on Twitter's previous refusal to address crimes against children.

Just a day before, the billionaire reacted to a New York Post report on a lawsuit filed last year by a former child exploitation victim.

The individual and his mother complained that Twitter initially refused to take down footage of him being coerced to engage in sex acts by human traffickers.

"Thanks for reaching out. We’ve reviewed the content, and didn’t find a violation of our policies, so no action will be taken at this time," the company said, only changing its stance when instructed to do so by federal law enforcement.

This led Musk to declare, "It is a crime that they refused to take action on child exploitation for years!" When former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asserted that Musk's statement was false, the billionaire didn't hesitate to respond.

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