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The mainstream media giant CBS News made the virtue signal, PR Stunt, decision (ah, there it is) to suspend all usage of Twitter by one of the largest news outlets in the nation. It lasted less than two days, forty hours and thirty-one minutes to be precise.

The CBS News Public Relations team tweeted, “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,” following the acquisition of the platform by entrepreneur and pro-free speech advocate Elon Musk.

If CBS’ short-lived departure was intended to herald a mass exodus from the social media platform, it did not have the desired effect.

Conversely, the move instead attracted mockery and derision from many on Twitter, including its new owner. This was only amplified after CBS’ rapid decision to return with a promise to “monitor the situation.”

Independent journalist Ian Miles Cheong congratulated Musk in a reply to his giggling emoji. “You won this round! Some higher up at CBS must’ve seen traffic drop severely and panicked.”

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson provided a tongue-in-cheek “translation” of the maneuver for the less-informed.

Peterson’s Twitter account was restored on Nov. 18 alongside former President Donald J. Trump’s as well as Project Veritas among others suspended for political reasons over the last few years. The Babylon Bee, the suspension of which arguably touched off Musk’s move to purchase the social media platform was also restored.

According to BusinessInsider, this list at the time of publication includes:

Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee tweeted following the satirical website’s restoration, “The Bee will hit 2 million followers soon. We had 1.5 million when Twitter first locked us up. We now have more followers, reach, and revenue than ever before — not because we acquiesced, but because we stubbornly refused to bend the knee for tyrants.”

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The response seen by the accounts returning to Twitter after some time away is a clear, positive indicator of the potential loss CBS may have inflicted upon itself for the sake of appeasing Musk’s critics.