“You said you’ve seen more hateful content but you can’t name a single example, not even one”
Twitter CEO Elon Musk pressed a BBC journalist who claimed during a Tuesday interview that there has been a rise in hateful content on the platform since Musk’s Oct. 2022 takeover.
Musk challenged BBC interviewer James Clayton on the definition of hateful content, with Clayton saying he meant language that is “slightly racist” or “slightly sexist.”
“So you think if something is ‘slightly sexist’ it should be banned?” Musk asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”
“I’m not saying anything,” Clayton said.
“I’m trying to see what you mean by hateful content. I’m asking for specific examples, and you just said that if something is ‘slightly sexist,’ that’s hateful content. Does that mean that it should be banned?” Musk pressed.
Musk asked Clayton to name “a single example” of hateful content on the platform. Clayton said he has not used the “For You” tab on his Twitter feed for a few weeks because he does not particularly like it.
“Well hang on a second. You said you’ve seen more hateful content but you can’t name a single example, not even one,” Musk said.
“I’m not sure I’ve used that feed for the last three or four weeks,” he said.
“Well then how did you see the hateful content?” Musk interrupted.
“Because I’ve been using Twitter since you’ve taken it over for the last six months,” Clayton answered.
“Well then I say, sir, that you don’t know what you’re talking about … That’s false. You just lied,” Musk said.
Clayton then argued that “many organizations,” including the U.K.’s Strategic Dialogue Institute, had documented a rise in hateful content on Twitter under Musk.
“Look, people will say all sorts of nonsense, I’m literally asking for a single example, and you can’t name one” Musk said.
Analysis: Big Tech Conducts Mass Layoffs While Importing 34,000 Foreign H-1B Workers to Take American Jobs
Silicon Valley’s biggest tech corporations are continuing mass layoffs in the United States, even as they import more than 34,000 foreign H-1B visa workers to take coveted white-collar jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, new analysis shows.
The analysis, conducted by researchers at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), found that the top 30 tech corporations — which routinely import foreign workers through the H-1B visa program — have laid off or are planning to lay off nearly 85,000 employees in the U.S. in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.
At the same time, those same 30 tech corporations imported 34,414 foreign H-1B visa workers to take white-collar jobs in STEM fields. Thirteen of these 30 corporations are outsourcing firms that contract directly with Big Tech companies to funnel foreign workers into jobs.
For years, Breitbart News has chronicled the abuses against white-collar American professionals as a result of the H-1B visa program. There are about 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment. Americans are often laid off in the process and forced to train their foreign replacements, as highlighted by Breitbart News.
Top 30 H-1B employers in 2022 accounted for at least 85,000 layoffs in 2022 and early 2023Top 30 H-1B employers subject to the annual cap by number of approved petitions for initial employment, fiscal year 2022, number of outsourcing firms in top 30, and layoffs in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023
Top 30 H-1B employers subject to the annual cap by number of approved petitions for initial employment, fiscal year 2022, number of outsourcing firms in top 30, and layoffs in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023
|Rank||Employer name||H-1B petition approvals for initial employment, FY 2022||Outsourcing/offshoring business model?||Layoffs in 2022 and Q1 of 2023|
|3||Tata Consultancy Services||2,854||Yes||–|
Take Amazon, for example, which imported nearly 6,400 foreign H-1B visa workers to take American jobs last year — more than any other tech corporation or outsourcing firm in the U.S. Meanwhile, Amazon executives have laid off or plan to lay off more than 27,000 U.S. employees.
Likewise, Google imported 1,562 foreign H-1B visa workers last year while laying off or planning to lay off about 12,000 U.S. employees. Meta Platforms, which includes Facebook and Instagram, imported 1,546 foreign H-1B visa workers for American jobs while laying off and planning to lay off 21,000 U.S. employees.
“Rather than turning to the H-1B program as a last resort when U.S. workers cannot be found, most employers hire H-1B workers because they can be underpaid and are de facto indentured to the employer,” EPI researchers Daniel Costa and Ron Hira write:
This is evidenced by government data showing that technology companies continue to hire H-1B workers in large numbers while significantly reducing the sizes of their workforces. [Emphasis added]
Previously, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) told Breitbart News that major changes are necessary to eliminate corporate America’s abuse of the H-1B visa program.
At the time, OhioHealth announced that 640 American tech and finance employees would be laid off and have their jobs sent to Accenture — a Fortune 500 multinational corporation notorious for importing foreign H-1B visa workers to replace Americans in white-collar jobs.
“Generally speaking, a lot of the H-1B abuse we see is in the interests of the people hiring the [foreign visa] worker, who can undercut the wages of Americans, but is it in the interest of the 700 Ohioans who lost their jobs? Absolutely not,” Vance told Breitbart News.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has similarly told Breitbart News that the federal government ought to be hyper-focused on full employment for Americans before corporations start importing foreign visa workers to fill such open jobs.
“It makes absolutely no sense, at this moment when we have millions of people still out of work, to be bringing in foreign workers to take their jobs,” Cotton said in the 2020 interview. “We need to focus on getting American citizens back into the workforce and back working again.”
Every year, more than half a million American graduates enter the STEM workforce looking for high-paying jobs with good benefits packages. Their chances of landing such a job are cut significantly with the annual inflow of tens of thousands of foreign H-1B visa workers who will compete directly against them in the white-collar labor market.