Elon Musk has admitted that the risk of him being assassinated is “quite significant.”
In a wide-ranging, two-hour Q&A audio chat on Twitter Spaces, the social media platform’s CEO told listeners he “definitely” would not “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.”
Tesla CEO and world’s richest man Elon Musk is a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” – said 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 stated.
“As long as you’re not really causing harm to somebody else, then you should be allowed to say what you want.”
Musk’s takeover of Twitter last month made it abundantly clear what his attitude is.
He has lifted the suspensions of multiple renowned accounts, such as former President Donald Trump’s, and stated that he would grant a “general amnesty” to anyone who had been removed but hadn’t done anything punishable or broken any rules.
Furthermore, Musk put an end to Twitter’s policy against Covid-19 misinformation and got rid of the company’s trust and safety teams during mass layoffs.
Musk devoted a lot of his conversation on Twitter Spaces to the so-called ‘Twitter Files’, which are internal documents that were released by journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday.
In October 2020, just weeks before Joe Biden was elected US President, Taibbi’s thread revealed files that showed instructions from Biden’s team to Twitter employees indicating what political content should be removed.
Twitter employees appeared to have deliberately suspended, banned or censored users who commented on the controversy surrounding the contents of Mr Biden’s son Hunter’s laptop, according to screenshots of emails.
“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 previously spoken out against the platform’s management, said.
“Frankly, Twitter was acting like an arm of the Democratic National Committee, it was absurd.”
Musk stated that he had given Taibbi and journalist Bari Weiss “unfettered access” to old internal documents. He also teased that more would be released soon, 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 admitted during the Twitter Spaces chat that there had been some errors with the release of the Twitter Files, including “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 said in a social media post that was among the employees named in Taibbi’s tweets.
“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.