In a two-hour Q&A audio chat on Twitter spacesthe social media platform’s CEO told listeners that he “definitely” wouldn’t do “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 said.
“It’s not that hard to kill someone if you wanted to, so I hope they don’t, and fate smiles at the situation with me and it won’t happen… There’s definitely has a risk there.”
The Tesla CEO and the 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 word is not suppressed, and we can say what we want to say without fear of reprisal,” he said.
“As long as you’re not really hurting anyone else, you should be allowed to say whatever you want.”
This attitude has been clear since Musk took over Twitter last month.
He reinstated previously suspended accounts, including former President Donald Trump, and announced he would grant a “blanket amnesty” to anyone expelled who did not break the law or engage in misconduct. spam.
Musk also ended Twitter’s policy against Covid-19 misinformation and disbanded the company’s trust and safety teams amid mass layoffs.
Much of Musk’s conversation on Twitter Spaces, which took place on Saturday evening local time, was devoted to the so-called “Twitter Files,” a selection of internal documents released by journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday.
Taibbi’s thread included files showing Joe Biden’s team asking Twitter employees to remove specific political content in October 2020, just weeks before his election as President of the United States.
Screenshots of emails revealed that Twitter employees deliberately suspended, banned or censored users who commented on the controversy surrounding the contents of Mr Biden’s son Hunter’s laptop.
“If Twitter is bidding on a team before an election by shutting down dissenting voices in a crucial election, that’s the definition of election interference,” said Musk, who has been highly critical of from the previous management of the platform.
“Frankly, Twitter was acting like an arm of the Democratic National Committee, it was nonsense.”
Musk said he gave Taibbi, as well as journalist Bari Weiss, “unfettered access” to old internal documents – teasing more would be released and calling them “episode two” of the Twitter Files .
“It’s not a tour guide situation in North Korea, you can go where you want, when you want, however you want,” he said.
“I don’t control the narrative. It’s just obvious that there’s been a lot of information vetting, information suppression, including things that affected the election, and it all has to be… you just want to have things there .
Musk, however, acknowledged during the Twitter Spaces chat that the Twitter Files post had included a few missteps, including “a few instances where I think we should have excluded certain email addresses.”
“Publicly posting the names and identities of frontline employees involved in content moderation puts them at risk and is a fundamentally unacceptable thing to do,” said former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth, who was part of employees named in Taibbi’s tweets. a social media post.
“The idea here is to tell the truth about everything that happened in the past in order to build public confidence for the future,” Musk said of the mistakes.
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