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Elon Musk won’t stop Russian media using Starlink satellites unless ‘held at gunpoint’

ELON Musk has said he’d have to be held at gunpoint before he bans Russian news sources from using his Starlink satellites.

The billionaire SpaceX and Tesla CEO made the controversial comment in a recent tweet.

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Musk tweeted that he wouldn’t choose to block Russian news sources of his own free will[/caption]

Musk tweeted: “Starlink has been told by some governments (not Ukraine) to block Russian news sources.

“We will not do so unless at gunpoint. Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.”

The tweet received over half a million likes and some people praised Musk’s stance.

The billionaire was also met with a lot of backlash.

One person commented: “Yeah but the Russian News is not free speech so your position doesn’t really make sense.

“You’re basically saying you are a free market communication absolutist, not free speech. Govt manipulated speech is not free speech. Convince me I’m wrong.”

Another said: “Not cool Elon. U aren’t understanding the situation. I’ll explain:

“So Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country Russia.

“Russia is bigger. Russia is powerful. Russia decided to invade a smaller country Ukraine. So basically that’s wrong. Hence block ’em.”

This comment has received almost 20,000 likes.

Last week, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister, asked Musk if his Starlink broadband satellites could restore the country’s internet.

Musk agreed and, in less than 24 hours, SpaceX activated its Starlink service over Ukraine.

He also said he would sent more terminals so people could connect to the service.

The SpaceX CEO has also offered free charging for electric cars in Ukraine at Tesla charging stations.

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Musk has been vocal about his support for Ukraine[/caption]

In other news, Elon Musk has warned the EU to restart dormant nuclear power plants as fears over an energy shortage in Europe continue to grow.

Musk has suggested SpaceX could save the International Space Station if Russia decides to pull out.

And, the billionaire is unhappy with President Joe Biden yet again but this time it’s about the State of the Union address.

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