Tesla Slaps Bloomberg Reporting as ‘False’, in Rare Response
Tesla dissolved its public relations department in the fall of 2020, and since then the company has rarely responded to inaccurate reporting in the media, aside from CEO Elon Musk firing back from his personal Twitter account.
On Wednesday, Tesla’s official Twitter account replied to Bloomberg’s story that reported the automaker’s head of legal had left the company.
“This Bloomberg article is false. David Searle has not left Tesla,” wrote the Tesla Twitter account, with the details saying the tweet was sent from an iPhone. Sometimes it appears Musk is also managing the Tesla Twitter account.
This Bloomberg article is false. David Searle has not left Tesla.
— Tesla (@Tesla) August 17, 2022
“Tesla Inc. has parted ways with the law department leader heading an internal inquiry into purchase orders at the electric vehicle maker,” reported Bloomberg’s story by Brian Baxter.
“David Searle left his position as Tesla’s head of legal less than a month ago, according to three people familiar with the matter. Dinna Eskin, a deputy general counsel at the company, has taken over the role, the people said,” according to the Bloomberg article.
Bloomberg reporters were quick to tout their scoop, which has since been disproven by Tesla.
Tesla has parted ways with its head of legal, who led an internal inquiry into a purchase order involving Omead Afshar, a key lieutenant to Elon Musk.
Shout-out to @EdLudlow, who breaks news even when he's OFF <GO> for his nuptials. $TSLA https://t.co/Brjo1rLabL
— Craig Trudell (@crtrud) August 17, 2022
The Bloomberg story says it tried to reach Musk for comment. As of writing, it has yet to reflect the response from the Tesla Twitter account.