Brazilian Judge Orders Criminal Probe of Elon Musk as They Tussle Over ‘Fake News’ Online

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by Harold Hutchison


A Brazilian judge ordered the government to carry out a criminal probe of Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday, according to multiple media reports.

DCNF-logoJustice Alexandre de Moraes of the Brazilian Supreme Court ordered the inclusion of Musk in a probe into alleged “fake news,” accusing Musk of “obstruction,” CBS News reported. Musk announced his intention to defy orders from de Moraes to censor the accounts Saturday, then pinned a post urging users to acquire a VPN app to ensure access to the social media site.

“We are lifting all restrictions. This judge has applied massive fines, threatened to arrest our employees and cut off access to 𝕏 in Brazil,” Musk posted on X Saturday. “As a result, we will probably lose all revenue in Brazil and have to shut down our office there. But principles matter more than profit.”

“These are the most draconian demands of any country on Earth!” Musk said in a post Sunday.

Musk followed by declaring he would soon publish the demands from de Moraes.

“Coming shortly, 𝕏 will publish everything demanded by @Alexandre and how those requests violate Brazilian law,” Musk posted. “This judge has brazenly and repeatedly betrayed the constitution and people of Brazil. He should resign or be impeached. Shame @Alexandre, shame.”

Musk also responded with the word “Yes” to a comment by journalist Michael Shellenberger that warned Brazil was becoming a “totalitarian dictatorship.”

Brazilian Attorney General Jorge Messias appeared to back de Moraes’s ruling with a Saturday post calling for regulation of the social media site.

“It is urgent to regulate social networks,” Messias said. “We cannot live in a society in which billionaires domiciled abroad have control of social networks and put themselves in a position to violate the rule of law, failing to comply with court orders and threatening our authorities. Social Peace is non-negotiable.”

Shellenberger posted a report Wednesday detailing censorship demands from Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court targeting the social media site in 2020, when it was known as Twitter.

X did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation, but Musk did add a shot at the judge.

“Brazil’s Darth Vader,” Musk posted after a user on X posted a photo of the Brazilian judge.

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Harold Hutchison is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Elon Musk” by Defense Visual Information Distribution Service; background photo “Courtroom” by the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.



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