In a wide-ranging, two-hour Q&A audio chat on Twitter Spaces, Elon Musk, Twitter CEO, told listeners he would not “be doing any open-air car parades” over the possibility of anyone taking that opportunity to assassinate him.
“Frankly the risk of something bad happening to me, or even literally being shot, is quite significant,” he said.
“It’s not that hard to kill somebody if you wanted to, so hopefully they don’t.”
The Tesla CEO, world’s richest man and self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” reflected that “at the end of the day, [we only] … want to have a future where we’re not oppressed”.
“[Where] our speech is not suppressed, and we can say what we want to say without fear of reprisals.”
“As long as you’re not really causing harm to somebody else, then you should be allowed to say what you want.”
Elon Musk has been clear and consistent with this attitude since he took Twitter in November 2022.
Elon has also ensured that previously suspended accounts including former President Donald Trump, are back on Twitter, adding that he would grant a “general amnesty” to unspammy users an everyone who had been booted off illegally.
Musk also ended some Twitter rules including its policy against Covid-19 misinformation, while he also dismantled the company’s trust and safety teams amid mass lay-offs.