During a live stream Q&A session on Saturday evening, Twitter CEO Elon Musk revealed that he believes there is “definitely some risk” to his personal safety.
Elon Musk claims the risk of his assassination is “quite significant.”
— Ben Owen 🇺🇸 (@hrkbenowen) December 4, 2022
The live discussion, which took place on Twitter Spaces, featured Musk and several journalists discussing the recent revelations from “The Twitter Files” regarding censorship on the platform, as well as the Twitter CEO’s plans for the social media company more broadly.
Musk also expressed concerns about his safety during the roughly two-hour discussion.
“Frankly, the risk of something bad happening or literally even being shot is quite significant,” the tech billionaire said. “I’m definitely not going to be doing any open-air car parades, let me put it that way.”
“It’s not that hard to kill somebody if you wanted to, so hopefully they don’t, and fate smiles upon the situation with me and it does not happen,” Musk added. “There’s definitely some risk there.”
Elon Musk Says His Assassination Risk is “Quite Significant”: “Frankly the risk of something bad happening to me or literally being shot is quite significant. I am definitely not going to be doing any open-air car parades.”
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— Wittgenstein (@backtolife_2023) December 4, 2022
Twitter’s new owner also discussed his future plans for the social media platform during the live stream, making sure to emphasize the importance of fighting for free speech.
“Throughout history, free speech has been highly unusual, not common,” Musk said. “So, we have to fight really hard to keep that, because it’s such a rare thing and it’s by no means something that’s default. Controlled speech is the default, not free speech.”
The live stream discussion came just one day after Musk released the first installment of “The Twitter Files” via journalist Matt Taibbi. The documents detailed Twitter’s censorship and collusion with government actors, the Biden campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and others in an effort to control the narrative surrounding the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the 2020 presidential election.
“Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be ‘unsafe,’” Taibbi tweeted. “They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.”
18. Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.” They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022
On Saturday evening, after landing at Dulles International Airport surrounded by security guards, Musk told reporters that he would “never again” be signing autographs — which is likely another step being taken to ensure the tech billionaire’s safety.
EXCLUSIVE — @elonmusk just landed @Dulles_Airport and announced to the world he is DONE signing autographs.. maybe if he sees this he can send me one 🙏. @tkradio @babesandballers #Theairporthustle pic.twitter.com/9UQSBtdYPs
— Marky Mark (@DCCelebrity) December 4, 2022