What Will Elon Musk Do To People Who Criticize Him On Twitter?

Elon Musk claims that he wants Twitter to be a safe haven for free speech, yet his firms have a long history of silencing opponents.

According to Elon Musk in his own word ” I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means”

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Musk has a lengthy history of censoring or penalizing anyone who publicly criticizes a project or practice at Tesla Inc. and SpaceX.

Nondisclosure agreements and arbitration clauses must be signed by employees to prevent them from suing their company in court.

Meanwhile, Musk publicly mocks others on Twitter, where he has more than 80 million followers and a fan base he can enrage, from a local health official during the early days of the pandemic to Twitter’s current CEO, Parag Agrawal.

“A decent sign of whether there is free speech is: Is someone you don’t like permitted to say something you don’t like?” Musk said at a TED event last week.

If that’s the case, we have the right to free expression.” Those who have said things Musk doesn’t like have had their reputations tarnished in public.

Musk’s attempts in 2018 were dubbed a “PR gimmick” by Vernon Unsworth, a British caver who assisted in the rescue of 12 youngsters imprisoned in Thailand.

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Elon Musk

Musk replied by jokingly referring to him as a “pedo person.” Then he paid a shady private investigator $50,000 to look into Unsworth’s background in the United Kingdom and Thailand.

He also tried to have Ryan Mac, a reporter reporting Unsworth’s defamation action against Musk, deposed.

Musk went after Martin Tripp, a worker at Tesla’s Nevada battery plant, the same year. Musk saw Tripp as a dangerous foe who engaged in sabotage and shared data with the press and “unknown third parties.”

Tripp saw himself as an idealist trying to improve the company’s operations, while Musk saw him as a dangerous foe who engaged in sabotage and shared data with the press and “unknown third parties.”

Even though officials had already concluded that Tripp posed no imminent threat and was unarmed, Tesla’s public relations staff propagated false stories that he was perhaps homicidal and had threatened to “shoot the building up.”

Six days after posting a YouTube video of his Tesla Model 3 crashing into a traffic pylon while using “FSD Beta,” an early version of the software that Tesla has handed out to about 100,000 individuals, another employee was fired.