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Despite calling himself a ‘free speech autocrat’, Elon Musk has a history of silencing employees and critics. business Insider

  • Elon Musk describes himself as a ‘free speech absolutist’ and criticized Twitter for censorship.
  • Musk has threatened to sue bloggers for critical coverage and fired employees for disagreeing with them.
  • A former employee tweeted, “Guess @elonmusk is a free speech autocrat…unless it involves a security concern IMO.”
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Elon Musk on Saturday Twitter is criticized For “failing to comply with free speech principles”, which he said “fundamentally undermines democracy.”

Tesla CEO, who previously referred to himself as a “free speech absolutist” It has a track record of silencing critics, with threats of lawsuits and the dismissal of employees who disagree with them.

“Looks like @elonmusk is a free speech autocrat… unless it involves security concerns IMO,” Jon Bernal tweeteda former Tesla employee who He was fired after posting YouTube reviews of Tesla’s Autopilot actions on his channel, ai deewani,

Bernal’s video reviews only contained end-user features and Includes footage of the car turning off the autopilot, Due to which Bernal had to take control to avoid dangerous situations including a possible accident.

“I was fired from Tesla in February because my YouTubers were told the reason. Even though my uploads are from my personal vehicle with company time or software I paid for,” Bernal said. a video update Posted earlier this month.

Bernal did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.

Bernal’s firing isn’t the only example of Musk taking action against public criticism. In one example, fast company reported That Musk got the identity of an anonymous blogger who posted a negative stock analysis of Tesla and contacted his employer, threatening to sue, according to the blogger.

the posters Deactivated your social media accounts and stopped posting All about Tesla.

,I don’t know what the exact complaints of Mr. Musk are about me. I do not believe he has any valid legal claim, and I would have no hesitation in defending myself if he brings a claim,” wrote the Montana skeptic. his farewell post, “My response to his threats was only to protect my employer and preserve my employment.”

In another incident, a journalist who Tesla Model X launch event was criticized was called personally by Musk and His order for a Model X was canceled,

Ex-employees have complained of being fired disagree with the CEO, To report racist harassmentor for bus be in his way,

musk is Allegations of firing in anger denied employees and they say their criticism of Twitter is based on a fundamental belief in freedom of expression. he argued in a tweet Since Twitter is “a de facto public town square,” the company’s posting policy “undermines democracy.”

Twitter deals with the Terms of Service, which users are required to adhere to in order to access the Platform. First Amendment protections only apply in situations where the government, not private business, imposes penalties for protected speech.

In another tweet, Musk asked, “Is a new platform needed?” which ones, with someindicated the possibility that the Tesla CEO would create a new social media platform.

Musk did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment for this article.

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Reply to Musk’s tweet“The choice of which algorithm to use (or not) should be open to all.”

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