Elon Musk has said that there is a “quite significant” chance that he will be killed.
During a wide-ranging, two-hour Q&A audio chat on Twitter Spaces, the CEO of the social media site told listeners that he “definitely” wouldn’t be doing any “open-air car parades.”
“To be honest, the chance of something bad happening to me or even being shot is pretty high,” he said.
“Killing someone isn’t that hard if you want to, so I hope they don’t, and I hope that luck is on my side and it doesn’t happen… There’s a risk there, for sure.”
Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla and the richest person in the world. He calls himself a “free speech absolutist” and has said, “At the end of the day, we just want a future where we’re not oppressed.”
“Where our speech is not censored and we can say what we want without fear of punishment,” he said.
“You should be able to say what you want as long as you’re not really hurting someone else.”
Last month, when Musk took over Twitter, it was easy to see what he thinks.
He has unblocked several well-known accounts, like that of former President Donald Trump, and said he would give a “general amnesty” to anyone who had been banned but hadn’t done anything wrong or broken any rules.
Musk also got rid of the company’s trust and safety teams during a round of mass layoffs and ended Twitter’s policy against Covid-19 misinformation.
Musk talked a lot on Twitter Spaces about the “Twitter Files,” which are internal documents that journalist Matt Taibbi made public on Friday.
In October 2020, just a few weeks before Joe Biden was elected President of the United States, Taibbi’s thread showed files that showed Biden’s team telling Twitter employees what political content should be taken down.
Email screenshots show that Twitter employees seem to have suspended, banned, or censored users who commented on the controversy over the contents of Mr. Biden’s son Hunter’s laptop.
Musk, who has spoken out against the platform’s management in the past, said, “If Twitter does one team’s bidding before an election and shuts down dissenting voices on a key election, that is the definition of election interference.”
“To be honest, Twitter was acting like a branch of the Democratic National Committee. It was crazy.”
Musk said that he had given Taibbi and journalist Bari Weiss “unrestricted access” to old internal documents. He also said that more would be coming out soon. He called them “episode two” of the Twitter Files.
“This isn’t like having a tour guide in North Korea; you can go where you want, when you want, and how you want,” he said.
“I’m not in charge of the story. It’s clear that a lot of information has been controlled or hidden, including things that have had an effect on elections, and that needs to stop. you just want the stuff to be out there.”
During the Twitter Spaces chat, Musk said that the release of the Twitter Files had some mistakes, including “a few cases where I think we should have left out some email addresses.”
Yoel Roth, the former head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety team, said in a social media post that he was one of the employees named in Taibbi’s tweets. “Putting the names and identities of frontline employees who moderate content out in the open puts them in danger and is a fundamentally wrong thing to do.”
Musk said, “The idea is to be honest about everything that has happened in the past so that the public can trust us in the future.”