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Former Twitter executive Yoel Roth was reportedly forced to flee his home in the wake of threats spurred by the ‘Twitter Files’ and increased criticism from Elon Musk


Former Twitter exec Yoel Roth, Twitter CEO Elon MuskFormer Twitter exec Yoel Roth (left), Twitter CEO Elon Musk (right)

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  • Stepped-up threats of violence against former Twitter exec Yoel Roth have forced him to flee his home, CNN reported.
  • Roth has been subject to criticism amid new revelations in the “Twitter Files,” along with personal attacks from Musk. 
  • Musk’s attacks come just weeks after the billionaire defended Roth, tweeting that he had “high integrity.” 

Ramped-up attacks on Twitter against a former company executive are reportedly beginning to have real-world consequences. 

Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust & safety, has been forced to flee his home due to intensifying threats of violence, according to a report from CNN, which cites a person familiar with the matter. 

Roth has been subject to a flurry of attacks for decisions he was involved in making at Twitter following the release of the “Twitter Files,” which showed internal company communications, including deliberations about whether or not to suspend then-President Donald Trump from Twitter in 2021. The company ultimately decided to suspend Trump, though Musk has reinstated his account since taking over Twitter. 

The attacks against Roth from Musk turned more personal over the weekend. Embracing a technique often used by the QAnon conspiracy movement, Musk baselessly implied in more than one tweet that Roth had a permissive view of pedophilia, according to the Washington Post. 

Musk’s claims against Roth come just a few weeks after Musk publicly defended Roth from accusations of left-wing bias based on old tweets, including one from 2016 where Roth called former President Donald Trump a “racist tangerine.” 

“We’ve all made some questionable tweets, me more than most, but I want to be clear that I support Yoel. My sense is that he has high integrity, and we are all entitled to our political beliefs,” Musk tweeted in late October. 

Neither Roth nor Twitter immediately responded to requests for comment. 

Roth stayed in his role as Twitter’s head of trust & safety for two weeks after Musk officially took ownership of the social media platform. However, he resigned from the position in mid-November.

Read the original article on Business Insider