Elon Musk’s dispute with Brazil escalates as billionaire promises ‘data dump’ once employees are ‘safe’ from authorities

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Elon Musk claimed Tuesday that X’s Brazilian employees are not safe and have been told they will be arrested, the latest development in a growing dispute between the billionaire, his social media company and Brazilian authorities after the country’s Supreme Court. ordered a probe about the alleged spread of fake news and misinformation on the platform.

Key facts

“We need to get our employees in Brazil to a safe place or else not to a position of responsibility,” Musk saying in a post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Musk reclaimed X employees “have been told they will be arrested,” but they did not provide more information or say where the warning came from.

The comments add to a growing dispute over misinformation between Brazilian authorities, X and Musk after the billionaire ordered the company to restore accounts blocked by the government.

Musk too it crashed Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes as the “dictator of Brazil,” days after de Moraes accused the billionaire of waging a “disinformation campaign” against the court and its actions.

Musk said that “we will do a complete data dump” of information about the Brazilian judge, who is Brazil’s political right. criticize frequently such as overstepping their authority to censor free speech, once employees are in a safe place.

The court orders are not yet public, although Musk on Sunday reclaimed Moraes’ order imposed “massive fines” and “threatened to arrest our employees and cut off access to X in Brazil.”


Musk saying Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet company, will provide free internet to Brazilian schools if the government fails to honor existing contracts with the company. The government has reportedly threatened to cut ties with the company in its dispute with Musk.

What to take into account

“As a result (of De Moraes’ action), we will probably lose all revenue in Brazil and will have to close our office there,” Musk said on Sunday. “But principles matter more than profits.”

Forbes Rating

We estimate Musk’s net worth It is 193.8 billion dollars. He bought Twitter, now Neuralink. His fortune makes him the third richest person in the world, behind Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and French luxury goods giant Bernard Arnault.

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