Elon Musk has stated that his satellite-based internet, known as Starlink, would not block Russia news sources despite government requests.
Musk took to Twitter to express his opinion on the subject. “We will not do so unless at gunpoint. Sorry to be a free speech absolutist,” Must said.
Western government has been battling Russia on news content like the Russian invasion of Ukraine (the Wall Street Journal). The European Union has since revoked licenses of Russian owner RT and Sputnik. The Russian government has also officially threatened prison time to anyone they consider to be publishing false information about the invasion.
Musk had earlier reported that his company, SpaceX, had made the Starlink system available in Ukraine. They have gone further as to update their system to help bypass signal jamming in conflict areas.
Musk has taken to Twitter to voice his support of Ukraine saying, “Hold Strong Ukraine. And also my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this.”
Musk has also tweeted about the effect of the war on energy costs, driving a need for more oil and gas production. He said, “Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately. Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russia oil & gas exports.”
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