CBS News’ short break from and rapid return to Twitter really seems to be the new ‘if Trump wins, I’m moving to Canada.’
The official Twitter account of the media outlet reportedly stopped posting at 3:45 p.m. Friday.
“In light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform,” CBS News officially announced on Friday.
🚨#BREAKING: CBS News and local CBS-owned stations have suspended their use of Twitter. CBS has just confirmed that they are no longer posting updates on Twitter pic.twitter.com/sSxKOS5GKI
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) November 19, 2022
It was in less than two days when CBS News returned to Twitter, tweeting on Sunday morning.
The Blaze noted that this was mere hours after Elon Musk unbanned the Twitter account of former President Donald Trump.
“After pausing for much of the weekend to assess the security concerns, CBS News and stations is resuming its activity on Twitter as we continue to monitor the situation.”
Musk appeared to find the whole thing quite humorous:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2022
He offered his own advice for the network, saying, “They should bring Walter Cronkite back.”
The Tesla CEO additionally trolled CBS News, posting a custom meme inspired by the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.
Our love will never die pic.twitter.com/y5SldfAAt0
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 21, 2022
Many other online personalities mocked CBS for its brief Twitter sabbatical.
Podcast host Lauren Chen wrote online, “CBS tried to rage-quit Twitter for attention but have predictably come crawling back.”
Conservatives were not the only ones laughing at the network, left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald shared his thoughts on the matter, posting, “CBS News has decided it’s once again safe to use Twitter – but only for the moment! They are continuing to ‘assess security concerns’ and ‘monitor the situation.’ If there are more outbreaks of free speech or hearing from people journalists dislike, they may retreat again.”
It is no secret that CBS harbors animus towards Twitter’s new owner. The new twerk ran a piece Friday night called “Twitter Turmoil,” a segment in which anchor Major Garret charged that Musk is “scrambling, quite simply, to prevent the social media platform from collapsing.”
We will allow you, the reader, to decide whether or not you believe that is the case.