Linda Yaccarino denies X is disbanding its election integrity team – hours after Elon Musk posted that they are ‘gone’ – DAVID RAUDALES

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Linda Yaccarino denies X is disbanding its election integrity team – hours after Elon Musk posted that they are ‘gone’

Linda Yaccarino defended her role as X CEO in an interview at Vox’s Code Conference on Wednesday.

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Linda Yaccarino said X’s election integrity team was “robust and growing” after reports of job cuts.But Elon Musk posted that the team was “undermining election integrity” and was “gone.”Tense interview saw Yaccarino deny that she is “CEO in name only” and that Musk is hard to work with.

X CEO Linda Yaccarino disputed reports that X is completely gutting its election integrity team, despite Elon Musk seeming to confirm this just hours before.

Speaking at Vox’s Code Conference on Wednesday, Yaccarino said that this global team, which is tasked with monitoring attempts to manipulate the platform for political purposes, is “growing.”

The Information reported earlier Wednesday that the company is cutting around half the team responsible for fighting election fraud and disinformation, despite it having previously said it would expand it.

“It’s an issue we take very seriously,” Yaccarino said in an interview with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin at the conference on Wednesday, as reported by The Verge.

“And contrary to the comments that were made, there is a robust and growing team at X that is wrapping their arms around election integrity,” she said.

But earlier that day, Musk seemed to confirm that this team had been disbanded.

“Oh you mean the “Election Integrity” Team that was undermining election integrity?” he wrote on X in response to a post about the reported cuts. “Yeah, they’re gone,” he said.

This comes as X faces pressure over the spread of disinformation on the platform, with an EU report finding that the site had the highest proportion of Russian disinformation of any of the major social media platforms.

Despite hiring Yaccarino to replace him as CEO earlier this year, Musk has continued to announce new product features and policy changes on his X feed.

Sources familiar with the matter told Insider that Musk continues to call the shots at the company, with one saying that the billionaire frequently makes decisions without Yaccarino’s input and “completely undermines her.”

During the interview on Wednesday, Yaccarino denied that Musk was difficult to work with and fired back against suggestions that she was a “CEO in name only.”

X did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider, made outside normal working hours.

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