Elon Musk vs Brazil: Musk claims employees threatened with arrest, says will share info on judge after they are safe

Elon Musk added that a ‘full data dump’ on Brazilian Supreme Court judge Alexandre de Moraes – whom he is publically warring with – would come after his Brazilian X employees are safe.

Livemint, Written By Jocelyn Fernandes
Updated9 Apr 2024, 08:31 AM IST
File image of billionaire Elon Musk at the US Capitol in Washington, DC
File image of billionaire Elon Musk at the US Capitol in Washington, DC(Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP)

Billionaire Elon Musk on April 9 claimed that the Brazilian employees of his social media site X (formerly known as Twitter), are being threatened with arrest. The tech mogul further added that all details he has on Brazilian Supreme Court judge Alexandre de Moraes will be shared after his employees are safe.

“We need to get our employees in Brazil to a safe place or otherwise not in a position of responsibility, then we will do a full data dump. They have been told they will be arrested,” he stated.

Musk's post on X came in response to Brazilian politician Nikolas Ferreira, calling him out to prove his claims against Judge de Moraes and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

"Elon said that Alexandre has Lula on a leash and that he put his finger on the scale to elect him. As a member of the Brazilian congress and representing millions of people, I ask you to give us more information. This will be crucial for the future of our country," Ferreira wrote.

Musk has been publically feuding with the Brazilian Supreme Court, especially Judge de Moraes, for some time now over "censorship" claims.

Musk vs Alexandre: What has happened so far?

On April 7 Musk called for the de Moraes' removal, accusing him of censorship for blocking accounts suspected of spreading disinformation.

The billionaire entrepreneur claimed de Moraes “has brazenly and repeatedly betrayed the constitution and people of Brazil. He should resign or be impeached."

The series of scathing attacks against the Brazilian justice began on Saturday evening, as the Space X chief took to X and stated, “We will probably lose all revenue in Brazil and have to shut down our office there." Musk alleged that de Moraes was threatening to “cut off access" to the platform and said, “But principles matter more than profit."

On Sunday, the Brazilian Supreme Court Justice opened an inquiry into Musk, accusing him of obstructing justice through his social media company X, as per a court document.

All about Brazilian SC Judge Alexandre de Moraes

The Brazilian Supreme Court justice, who is in the limelight, is one of the 11 members of Brazil's High Court who presides over the country's Superior Electoral Tribunal, or TSE.

Critics accuse de Moraes of limiting and prohibiting free speech in Brazil. However, the judge is known to have led the battle against disinformation in Brazil. Recently, de Moraes ordered the blocking of accounts of influential figures on social media. It was reported that most of these blocked influential figures were supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Jair Messias Bolsonaro, a Brazilian politician and retired military officer, served as the 38th President of Brazil from 2019 to 2022. The Moraes-led TSE accused Jair Messias Bolsonaro of spreading false information about Brazil's electoral system, and hence, he was declared ineligible to run for office in the 2023 polls.

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First Published:9 Apr 2024, 08:31 AM IST
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