Elon Musk has claimed the risk of his assassination is “quite significant.”
In a wide-ranging, two-hour Q&A audio chat on Twitter Spaces, the social media platform’s CEO instructed listeners he “definitely” wouldn’t “be doing any open-air car parades, let me put it that way.”
“Frankly the risk of something bad happening to me, or even literally being shot, is quite significant,” he stated.
“It’s not that hard to kill somebody if you wanted to, so hopefully they don’t, and fate smiles upon the situation with me and it does not happen … There’s definitely some risk there.”
The Tesla CEO and world’s richest man – a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” – added that “at the end of the day, we just want to have a future where we’re not oppressed”.
“[Where] our speech is not suppressed, and we can say what we want to say without fear of reprisals,” he declared.
“As long as you’re not really causing harm to somebody else, then you should be allowed to say what you want.”
This angle has been clear since Musk’s takeover of Twitter final month.
He has reinstated beforehand suspended accounts together with former President Donald Trump, and introduced he would grant a “general amnesty” to everybody who had been booted off that had not damaged the legislation or engaged in spam.
Musk additionally ended Twitter’s coverage in opposition to Covid-19 misinformation, and dismantled the corporate’s belief and security groups amid mass lay-offs.
Much of Musk’s dialog on Twitter Spaces, which passed off on Saturday evening native time, was dedicated to the so-called ‘Twitter Files’, a number of inside paperwork launched by journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday.
Taibbi’s thread included recordsdata that confirmed Joe Biden’s crew instructing Twitter staff to take away particular political content material in October 2020, simply weeks earlier than he was elected US President.
Screenshots of emails revealed that Twitter staff intentionally suspended, banned or censored customers who commented on the controversy surrounding the contents of Mr Biden’s son Hunter’s laptop computer.
“If Twitter is doing one team’s bidding before an election shutting down dissenting voices on a pivotal election, that is the definition of election interference,” Musk, who has been extremely crucial of the platform’s prior administration, stated.
“Frankly, Twitter was acting like an arm of the Democratic National Committee, it was absurd.”
Musk stated he had given Taibbi, in addition to journalist Bari Weiss, “unfettered access” to outdated inside paperwork – teasing extra would be released and dubbing them the Twitter Files ‘episode two’.
“This is not a North Korea tour guide situation, you get to go anywhere you want, whenever you want, however you want,” he stated.
“I’m not controlling the narrative. It’s just obvious there’s been a lot of control of information, suppression of information, including things that affected elections, and that just all need to be … you just want to have the stuff out there.”
Musk acknowledged through the Twitter Spaces chat, nonetheless, that the Twitter Files launch had included some missteps, together with “a few cases where I think we should have excluded some email addresses”.
“Publicly posting the names and identities of frontline employees involved in content moderation puts them in harm’s way and is a fundamentally unacceptable thing to do,” former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth, who was among the many staff named in Taibbi’s tweets, stated in a social media put up.
“The idea here is to come clean on everything that has happened in the past in order to build public trust for the future,” Musk stated of the errors.