Twitter has said that tweets posted early Tuesday morning by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk that irresponsibly call for restrictions put in place to defend against the spread of COVID-19 don’t violate its guidelines around inaccurate or disputed information about the coronavirus that could cause harm. Musk tweeted a series of things on Tuesday, including an endorsement of a controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed with the caption “Give people their freedom back!”
A Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch that these tweets, which also include an urging to “FREE AMERICA NOW,” are “not currently in violation of the Twitter rules. According to the company, it has said previously that it’s not enforcing punitive or corrective action on each instance of tweets about COVID-19 that don’t provide a full picture or that appear to contain info that’s disputed by other sources.
FREE AMERICA NOW— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2020
Give people their freedom back! https://t.co/iG8OYGaVZ0— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2020
Actual data reference CHHS https://t.co/q7c7708ozx— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2020
Elon Musk goes on profanity-laced rant about 'fascist' COVID-19 lockdowns: 'Give people back their godd**n freedom' https://t.co/0VPdikZoWd— TheBlaze (@theblaze) April 30, 2020
Elon Musk's F-bomb rant against lockdowns reflects 'growing sentiment,' says Dr. Scott Gottlieb https://t.co/R9M805n6YY— CNBC (@CNBC) April 30, 2020