No, Elon Musk didn’t fire a Twitter employee live on the radio

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Twitter users have been circulating a video that appears to show Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, firing an employee in the middle of an appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast. Certain corners of Twitter, frustrated by limits on what they could tweet, have been celebrating Musk’s takeover, saying that he will “return freedom of expression” to the platform. They saw this public firing as the first step, claiming that Vijaya Gedde, the employee in the video, had been “responsible for censorship”. But Musk didn’t fire Gedde publicly: this video is a montage of footage from two different interviews.

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  • On October 30, 2022, a number of Facebook and Twitter accounts shared a video that supposedly showed Elon Musk firing Vijaya Gedde, an employee supposedly “responsible for Twitter’s censorship”, in the middle of an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast. In the video, which garnered more than 35,000 views, it seems like Musk says “you are fired” to Gedde.

  • However, Musk didn’t fire Gedde in the middle of an interview. This viral video is actually a montage made by editing together segments from two different Joe Rogan shows. The first was on September 7, 2018, the second on March 5, 2019.

  • Damon Imani, a producer based in Denmark, is the man behind the montage. Imani often makes humorous montages by splicing together different videos.

  • Vijaya Gadde, the head of Twitter’s legal service, was actually fired along with a number of other executives working for the American social media outlet on October 28, 2022, just a few hours after Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter went through.

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