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Elon Musk says no one is censoring his tweets

The SEC probably won't be happy about this...


Stacey Ritzen


Posted on Dec 10, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 11:45 pm CDT

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sat down for an enlightening interview on Sunday’s 60 Minutes, where he was grilled by Leslie Stahl over his use of Twitter and whether or not his tweets now need to be screened.

Earlier this year, the 47-year-old billionaire was slapped with securities fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after he tweeted that he was considering taking Tesla private at $420, which we have since learned was allegedly inspired by smoking pot with the musician Grimes, his on-again-off-again girlfriend.

Both Tesla and Musk were fined $20 million in a settlement that was reached with the SEC, and he was forced to step down as the chairman of his company. As part of the settlement, Musk also had to agree that all company communications, including Twitter, would be overseen by his board.

But despite everything that happened, Musk seems unbothered about the terms of the settlement or another potential crisis, and he claims that no one at Tesla censors or supervises his tweets.

“The only tweets that would have to be reviewed would be if a tweet had a probability of causing a movement in the stock, he explained. “Otherwise, it’s, hello? First Amendment.”

“Freedom of speech is fundamental,” he continued, seemingly missing the point. When asked how his board can know if a tweet is going to move the market without the chance to read them first, Musk quite reasonably replied, “We might make some mistakes, who knows!”

This was too much for even seasoned interviewer Stahl, who broke out in laughter and asked him,”Are you serious?” “Nobody’s perfect,” Musk offered. “I want to be clear, I do not respect the SEC. I do not respect them.”

Cool story, Elon Musk! Whether not the interview gets him in hot water with the SEC remains to be seen, but the court of public opinion naturally had some thoughts.


Consider this further evidence that Elon Musk needs to stop doing interviews.

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*First Published: Dec 10, 2018, 12:22 pm CST