According to AFP Fact Checker, nothing of such happened.
Social media users have fallen for a joke video that appears to show Twitter’s new billionaire owner Elon Musk sacking a top executive on the spot during an interview with podcast host Joe Rogan. The video in fact shows a compilation of clips from different interviews. A Denmark-based video producer who regularly posts humorous content said he created the montage.
The video shows Twitter’s former head of legal affairs Vijaya Gadde speaking on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.
“I do think we’ve failed in a couple of ways and I want to admit that,” she says.
Elon Musk then appears to interrupt: “Failure comes with a big penalty. You’re fired.”
The video cuts to Rogan and another podcast guest, independent journalist Tim Pool, who appear to look at Gadde awkwardly before she gets up and leaves.
The video was widely shared on Chinese-language social media, including in a post with more than 13,000 views on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
The simplified Chinese post reads: “Musk invited the head of Twitter’s censorship on a live show, and fired her on the spot during the live broadcast.”