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A hot potato: There are plenty of cautionary stories about people posting (or liking) something controversial on social media and losing their jobs over it. According to Elon Musk, if the platform in question is X, formerly known as Twitter, the company will pay that person's legal bills.
"If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill," Musk said in a post late on Saturday.
The world's richest man added that there will be no limit as to how much financial aid X would provide someone fighting their dismissal in court. He also said that in addition to a lawsuit, X will be "extremely loud" and go after the boards of directors of the companies.
If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill.– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
Please let us know.
It'll certainly be interesting to see just how closely Musk sticks to this promise and if there will be any exceptions. X will likely maintain that if something's allowed to be posted as per the site's rules, the company will defend the creator and those who like it.
Before he bought the company, Musk had long complained about Twitter not adhering to the principles of free speech. Since taking over, he's allowed many previously banned users to return, slackened the moderation policies, and fired much of the content moderation team.
X Corp. recently sued an anti-hate group that said the platform was filled with racist, homophobic, neo-Nazi, antisemitic, or conspiracy content which X wasn't removing despite being flagged. X claimed that the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has been illegally scraping its servers and cherry-picking the most hateful posts it can find as part of "a scare campaign to drive away advertisers." It also accused the CCDH of being funded by Twitter competitors or foreign governments with an ulterior agenda.
X also alleged that the CCDH targets free-speech organizations and attempts to deplatform users whose views do not align with its own ideology.
Zuck v Musk fight will be live-streamed on ï¿½*ï¿½.– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
All proceeds will go to charity for veterans.
Elsewhere, Musk said that his will-they-or-won't-they fight with fellow billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is going ahead and will be livestreamed on X. Musk added that all proceeds from the fight will go to veterans' charities.
Musk's confirmation is somewhat of a surprise given that it was only last week when Zuckerberg told employees at a company town hall meeting that he's "not sure if it's [the fight] going to come together."
One would imagine that it would be Musk trying to avoid the fight, given that Zuckerberg was recently promoted to blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has been training in the martial art and MMA since the Covid lockdowns; he now trains up to three to four times per week.