‘Sorry to Be a Free Speech Absolutist’: Elon Musk Will Not Censor Russian State Media in Ukraine


Tesla Motors CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Saturday morning that SpaceX will not block Russian state media on its Starlink internet satellites “unless at gunpoint,” arguing that it is a matter of freedom of speech.

This comes as Western governments attempt to stifle disinformation coming out of Moscow about Russia’s war with Ukraine.

Last weekend, Musk used Starlink’s satellites to ensure Ukraine would still have internet communication as Russia tried to cut off the besieged country from the internet.

Musk explained in a Saturday morning tweet that he would not muzzle Russian state media despite requests by some governments around the globe. He specified that Ukraine had not made such a request.

And when one Twitter user commented that Russian state media sources are sources of propaganda, Musk explained that all news sources are “partially propaganda, some more than others.”

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