Elon Musk said in a strange question-and-answer session that he is “not suicidal” while discussing potential retaliation for the leak of his “Twitter files.”
The world’s richest man faced a series of questions about his personal safety in a Twitter Spaces appearance on Saturday after journalist Matt Taibbi suppressed shocking revelations about censorship on the social media site, including The Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop. answered.
At some point on the callcontroversial tech provocateur Kim Dotcom asked Musk if he had “suicidal thoughts” — a question that elicited shocked responses from other attendees.
“I have no suicidal thoughts. If I’m suicidal, it’s not real” Musk said.
Musk, who completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter on Oct. 28, has also argued that his high-profile actions at Twitter pose significant risks to his personal safety, including assassination attempts.
“Frankly, the risk of something bad happening or literally getting shot is very high,” Musk said. “I certainly don’t want to have outdoor car parades, let me put it that way. It’s not that hard to kill me if someone wants to, I hope they don’t.
Despite the apparent danger, Musk said he wasn’t too concerned about his safety.
“Maybe I should be more concerned than I am, but I think if you do what’s right by people, you’re going to have people on your side,” Musk said.
Musk noted that Twitter’s past leadership had “more smoking guns” when it came to censorship, and said more releases are coming in the near future.
“We put all the information out there, we try to get a clean slate, we get better iteratively, and it forces other media companies to tell the truth, or they lose their readers,” Musk said. . A call.
Musk also discussed the possibility of government harassment through regulatory action or investigations amid heightened scrutiny over his work with Twitter.
“I think there will be some movement, but it will happen slowly,” Musk said. “It’s only been a month so far, but I would expect at least a few heinous things are being done, right. It would be naive to think that there are no bad things. I’ll expose them on Twitter and see what happens.
It’s not the first time Musk has addressed threats to his life on Twitter this year.
In May, Musk posted a cryptic tweet after clashing with a prominent Russian official over a decision to provide Ukraine with Starlink satellite internet.
“If I die under mysterious circumstances, it was good to know you,” Musk wrote at the time.