May 20, 2024

In a not too long ago launched deposition for an October 2023 defamation lawsuit, businessman and eternally on-line divorcée Elon Musk spoke in regards to the influence his posts on X (previously Twitter) have had on the enterprise facet of the social media website, which he bought for $44 billion in October 2022. The deposition, which was not too long ago made public and printed in full by HuffPost is filled with precisely what you’d count on from a person who wore a Useless Area t-shirt to livestream the Mexican border, who introduced a gun to to a Cyberpunk 2077 recording session, and who was booed at a Valorant match final yr.

The defamation lawsuit happened final fall, after Musk falsely recognized a person named Ben Brody as a protestor at a neo-Nazi rally on X/Twitter. As HuffPost studies, the lawsuit alleges that Musk used his huge attain (he has practically 180M followers on the positioning) to “amplify a false far-right conspiracy principle linking 22-year-old Ben Brody to a brawl in Oregon between the neo-Nazi group Rose Metropolis Nationalists and the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist struggle membership.” Brody was not even in the identical state by which the June 24, 2023 brawl occurred.

In response to HuffPost, Musk was current at a two-hour-long deposition on March 27, shortly after which his lawyer, Alex Spiro, allegedly “filed a number of emergency motions in an try to hold the deposition sealed.” I can perceive why. Throughout the deposition (which you’ll learn in full right here), Musk admitted he had a “restricted understanding” of the lawsuit he was being deposed for, and gave the impression to be confused over who was really suing him—amongst different issues.

At one level within the deposition transcript, Brody’s lawyer (Mark Banskton) referenced the September 2023 biography of Elon Musk written by Walter Isaacson, by which Musk is quoted as jokingly saying, “I’ve shot myself within the foot so typically, I ought to purchase some Kevlar boots.” Bankston then requested Musk if, “as of final summer time, that you just knew that you just had some difficulties restraining your impulses on Twitter?” Musk replied with “I wouldn’t say that” earlier than saying he believed that the “bedrock of democracy is freedom of speech.”

After a lot back-and-forth, Bankston ultimately requested Musk whether or not his buying of X affected the best way he posts on the positioning, to which Musk replied that what he shares has “actually remained unchanged earlier than and after the acquisition.” He continued:

And going again to the form of self-inflicted wounds, the Kevlar footwear, I believe there’s—I’ve in all probability completed—I could have completed extra to financially impair the corporate than to assist it, however definitely I—I don’t information my posts by what’s financially useful however by what I imagine is fascinating or necessary or entertaining to the general public.

Musk additionally admitted to working another account (@ermnmusk) on which he has pretended to be his personal son, who’s a toddler. The account was the main target of an April 2023 Motherboard article titled “Is This Elon Musk’s Burner Twitter Account?” A number of of the posts, which have since been faraway from X/Twitter, appeared to have been written from the angle of Musk’s baby with musician Grimes. One learn, “I want I used to be sufficiently old to go to nightclubs. They sound so enjoyable.” The account, which nonetheless exists and has the username “Elon Take a look at,” nonetheless often shares posts on the positioning, however doesn’t look like from the angle of a toddler anymore (although the profile image depicts a younger baby).

Within the deposition, Musk additionally said that he didn’t imagine Brody was “meaningfully harmed” by his false accusation.

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