Elon Musk stated that his social media company X (formerly Twitter) would fund the legal bills of any user mistreated by their employer for engaging with or posting content on the platform.
In an Aug. 5 X thread announcing the move, Musk said that lawsuits of any scale would be supported:
“If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill. No limit. Please let us know.”
If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
Please let us know.
The post appears to have been received well and has more than 200,000 likes at the time of writing, with a flood of people putting their hands up for funding for potential lawsuits.
For example, The Libs of TikTok highlighted a case in which a Limited Run Games employee, Kara Lynne, was reportedly fired for following the account on X.
Putting his money where his mouth is, Musk responded by asking: “Kara, is that accurate?” Lynne then stated: “The situation is slightly more complicated than the headline. But yes.”
Kara, is that accurate?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
Musk is a self-described “free speech absolutist” who has a clear disdain for cancel culture, and this latest move seems to align with his push to shift X away from content censorship, particularly relating to political and ideological views.
In December 2022, Musk tweeted that “cancel culture needs to be canceled.” Under his ownership, X has reinstated several accounts that were banned for policy violations under the previous ownership.
The latest announcement from Musk comes as changes continue to unfold at X.
The revenue-sharing model was also recently introduced for users, and on Aug. 2, X also rolled out an option for the premium Blue service subscribers to hide their verified checkmarks.
Threads will copy and become better and better too. pic.twitter.com/KfP2Xney6J— Mark Zuckerberg (Parody) (@MarkCrtlC) August 6, 2023