Fact Check-CNN did not publish headline about Elon Musk and free speech on Twitter

A fabricated screenshot circulating on social media appears to show a CNN headline telling viewers that Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by simply allowing free speech. No such headline appears on CNN’s website and CNN has said publicly said the headline never appeared.

One social media post dated November 28, 2022 (here) on Instagram reads: “CNN: Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by literally allowing people to speak freely” alongside images of CNN Anchor Don Lemon and Elon Musk.

One comment said: “Yeah so says CNN the propaganda channel.” Another person commented: “Pretty much sums up cnn.”

Elon Musk himself tweeted the fabricated screenshot via his Twitter account @elonmusk (here).

The CNN official communications team responded to Musk’s tweet, saying, “This headline never appeared on CNN. Be better.” (here).

Reuters found no such headline published by CNN (here).


Fabricated. No such headline was published by CNN.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .