Musk’s Starlink will only block Russian media ‘at gunpoint’ – Reuters

The billionaire declined to say which countries ordered censorship of Russian media

Billionaire Elon Musk promised on Friday that his SpaceX Starlink internet service would only block Russian media “at gunpoint” after being allegedly ordered by anonymous governments to censor the country’s media sources.

Musk claims in a Twitter post that Starlink had “Some governments (not Ukraine) said to block Russian news sources.”

“We will only do this at gunpoint,” he got involved. “Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.”

After someone criticized Musk and accused the Russian media of being “Propaganda,” the billionaire responded, “All news sources are partly propaganda, some more than others.”

Musk last week announced that his Starlink satellite internet program was now active in Ukraine after Kyiv Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov pleaded with the SpaceX CEO for help in his fight against Russia.

“While you try to colonize Mars – Russia [is trying] occupy Ukraine! While your rockets are successfully landing from space, Russian rockets are attacking Ukrainian civilians! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and call on sane Russians to stand up,” Fedorov said in an open letter to Musk at the time.

Musk was then thanked by the Ukrainian government for his support.

The EU this week banned Russian media, including RT and Sputnik – taking RT TV off the air and ordering tech companies to block access to RT’s website and social media pages, accusing the outlet of broadcasting “harmful misinformation”. RT deputy editor Anna Belkina condemned the decision and said the outlet’s critics had no “pointed out a single example, a single speck of evidence that what RT has reported these days, and continues to report, is not true.”

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, TikTok, Reddit and other tech companies have all complied with the EU censorship order.

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