John Oliver Torches Elon Musk: Twitter Is “Functioning Worse Than Ever Before”

John Oliver Torches Elon Musk: Twitter Is “Functioning Worse Than Ever Before”

John Oliver delivered some main blows towards Elon Musk for his controversial acquisition of Twitter on final evening’s (Nov. 20) episode of Final Week Tonight. The host started his section with a brutal takedown of the Tesla CEO, who he in comparison with an apartheid Willy Wonka.

“It has now been three weeks because it [Twitter] was taken over by Elon Musk, a person who solutions the query ‘What if Willy Wonka benefited from apartheid?’” Oliver quipped, per The Hollywood Reporter.

He went on to criticize the adjustments that the social media platform has undergone since Musk got here into management, together with its spike in racial slurs and the brand new capability for customers to buy verification, which was beforehand given to legitimate accounts freed from cost.

“One evaluation [found] using a racial slur spiking almost 500 % within the 12 hours after his deal was finalized, which is fairly stunning, even for an internet site the place an everyday trending matter is usually simply ‘The Jews,’” Oliver stated.

The late evening host additionally famous that permitting customers to purchase verified checkmarks yielded “predictable outcomes,” citing the rise in impersonation accounts, which has pushed theatre outlet Playbill to depart the platform and CBS Information to take a short lived absence.

In one other flip of occasions, the pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly got here underneath hearth after a parody account tweeted that “insulin is free now.” The model responded with an apology to those that have been misled, and has since halted exercise and promoting on the platform, which might value Twitter “thousands and thousands of {dollars},” per The Washington Publish.

Oliver concluded his section by criticizing Musk for his company-wide layoffs and inconsistent messaging, saying that the platform is “functioning worse than ever earlier than” and blasting the location as a “clown city.”

“And whereas the potential collapse of this website has been unhappy for the employees and for individuals who have relied on it, there may be undeniably one thing just a little satisfying a couple of man who was so determined to be perceived as cool and humorous on the web that he paid $44 billion to make it occur, solely to find that he nonetheless by some means couldn’t afford it,” Oliver stated of Musk.

The total episode, which was Final Week Tonigth‘s season finale, additionally centered on the 2022 World Cup and FIFA’s resolution to faucet Qatar to host, given their ongoing (and worsening) human rights violations.

Final Week Tonight with John Oliver airs Sundays at 11/10c on HBO and HBO Max. Watch final evening’s episode within the video above.

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