Businessman Elon Musk said on Wednesday night (April 10, 2024) that X (formerly Twitter) is studying how to act in the face of the social network’s clashes with the STF (Supreme Federal Court) in order to protect its employees in Brazil. The owner of the platform participated in a live broadcast on the social network with Allan dos Santos, from the website Free Tuesday, with federal deputies Nikolas Ferreira (PL-MG), Luiz Philippe de Orléans e Bragança (PL-SP) and senator Eduardo Girão (Novo-CE), among others.

Musk these that the documents released on Twitter Files Brazil are “illuminators” (read more about the case below). “We are being asked to suspend accounts and filter content (…) and pretend the suspension and regional blocking are due to our Terms of Service when they are not”, he added.

According to Musk, the company is trying to deal with the situation in a “that does not harm X employees” No brazil. “We don’t want to put them in danger.”, he declared. “So we’re trying to get them to safety before we do anything”, he added, without detailing what was being done.

Musk stated that the situation in Brazil regarding the platform presents “some serious concerns”. He stated that “the people who were elected” for the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies should have “much more authority than they have”. He said: “Our concern at X is that we are being ordered by the courts to do things that are illegal”, he stated. According to the businessman, receiving an order, placed “by a judge“, what “directly violates the law” It is “strange”.

Musk declaredthere is no doubt” that there is a “abuse of judicial power“on a level”extreme” in Brazil. According to him, justice should “execute the law“, but not “make the law”, as is happening in the country. “I think this is outrageous”, he stated. “This needs to stop”, he added.

One of the broadcast participants questioned whether Musk was in contact with Brazilian authorities and whether there was any attempt to ban the social network in the country. The businessman responded that there were threats, both to remove the platform and to arrest employees.

I don’t know if these threats will be fulfilled or not. But judging by others [casos], I think they are real”, these.

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STF minister Alexandre de Moraes determined on Sunday (Apr 7) the inclusion of the owner of X as being investigated in the digital militias investigation, filed in July 2021 and which investigates groups for conduct against democracy.

The magistrate also opened a new investigation to investigate Elon Musk’s conduct. The magistrate wants the crime of obstruction of justice to be investigated, “including criminal organization and incitement to crime”.

On Saturday (April 6), Elon Musk asked why minister Alexandre de Moraes “Not Brazil demands so much censorship”. The businessman responded to a publication by the minister in X on January 11th.

Musk’s comment followed accusations made by American journalist Michael Shellenberger on April 3. According to Shellenberger, the minister has “led a case of widespread repression of freedom of expression in Brazil”.

The critical comments escalated the tone and Musk said that he is thinking about closing Twitter in Brazil and that he will publicize Moraes’ demands that violate laws. He also called the minister “tyrant”, “totalitarian” e “draconiano”saying he should “resign or be impeached”.

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On Wednesday (April 3), North American journalist Michael Shellenberger published an alleged exchange of emails between employees of the legal sector of X in Brazil between 2020 and 2022 talking about requests and court orders received regarding the contents of their users.

The messages would show requests from various instances of the Brazilian Judiciary requesting personal data from users who used hashtags about the electoral process and content moderation.

Shellenberger specifically criticized STF (Supreme Federal Court) minister Alexandre de Moraes, criticizing him for “leading a case of widespread repression of freedom of expression in Brazil”. According to him, Moraes issued decisions by the TSE (Superior Electoral Court) that “threaten democracy in Brazil” by asking for interventions in publications by members of the National Congress and personal account data – which would violate the platform’s guidelines. The records of the processes mentioned in the case are confidential.

The case was named Twitter Files Brazil in reference to the Twitter Files originally published in 2022, after Musk purchased X, in October of that year.

At the time, Musk delivered material to journalists that indicated how the social network, in the 2020 North American elections, collaborated with United States authorities to block users and suppress stories involving the son of the country’s presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The files published by journalists include email exchanges that reveal, to some extent, how Twitter reacted to requests from governments to intervene in the policy of publishing and removing content. In some cases, the social network ended up giving in.

In the Brazilian case, Musk was not indicated as the source who provided the material, however, the businessman criticized Moraes for a few days.

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