SpaceX and Tesla mogul Elon Musk wrote in March that RT and other Russian news sources have “entertainment” and do “Some good points” according to court documents. Musk refuses to block the IP addresses of these sites from his Starlink Internet service, despite pressure from “Some governments.”
In a text message conversation with investor Antonio Gracias on March 5, Musk revealed that he “Had been told” to block RT’s IP address and “Some other Russian news sources” from being accessed through its Starlink satellite internet service.
“Actually I find their news quite interesting,” Musk confided in Gracias. “Lots of bulls, but also some good spots.”
Earlier that day, Musk announced on Twitter that “Starlink has been asked by several (non-Ukrainian) governments to block Russian news sources.” The billionaire said he would “Don’t do it unless you have a gun,” more: “Sorry for being a libertarian.”
The European Union banned RT and Sputnik from broadcasting a few days before Musk’s tweet and his conversations with Gracias. Amid US sanctions against Moscow, RT America was shut down the same week, and Google removed RT and Sputnik’s apps from their Play Store, while YouTube removed the stations’ channels. this television.
Gracias sided with Musk on freedom of speech, replying that he “100% agree[d]” with the stance of the head of Tesla.
“We should allow it correctly [because] we hate it,” he wrote. “It’s the ping of the US constitution.”
At the time of chat, Musk was expanding his stake on Twitter to acquire the company. He eventually launched a takeover bid in April, but is now locked in a legal battle with the social media giant after he tried to pull out of the deal, claiming that Twitter has inflated his user base and is actually worth less than the $44 billion he agreed to pay.
The messages were released with a trove Musk’s communications were filed by a Delaware court earlier this week.
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