The former director of trust and safety at Twitter once posted an article that questioned rules forbidding teacher-student interactions.
In 2010, Yoel Roth forwarded a Salon piece by Tracy Clark-Flory arguing that a legislation criminalizing sexual connections between students and professors “deserves a bit more consideration.”
Can high school students ever meaningfully consent to sex with their teachers? http://bit.ly/bbpH68
— Yoel Roth (@yoyoel) November 20, 2010
Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, responded to Roth’s tweet from 2010 with four words on Saturday.
“This explains a lot,” the billionaire tweeted.
I think I may have found the problem @elonmusk https://t.co/rYGLzmSK0R
— Eliza (@elizableu) December 10, 2022
Musk released a snippet of what he claimed to be Roth’s doctoral dissertation in a subsequent tweet. The former Twitter employee seemed to imply that kids should be permitted to use the Grindr dating app.
This explains a lot
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 10, 2022
Roth departed Twitter in November in protest of Musk’s service improvements.
Last week, I made the decision to leave my role leading Trust & Safety at Twitter.
Today, I'm sharing a few thoughts about what comes next for the site. https://t.co/QPAQR6zpqU
— Yoel Roth (@yoyoel) November 18, 2022
Musk has previously referred to Roth as Twitter’s “true CEO” during its former ownership.
one bizarre element of the twitter story, it's pretty clear at this point the "trust and safety" team was effectively running the entire company
— Mike Solana (@micsolana) December 9, 2022
Musk also referred to Roth as Twitter’s “head of censorship” and referenced a 2017 post in which Roth referred to the Trump administration as “actual Nazis in the White House.”