Elon Musk Prepares For Battle In Brazil

(HorizonPost.com) – As part of his investigation into the efforts of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to remain in power after his 2022 election setback, Justice Alexandre de Moraes obtained a court order compelling the site previously known as Twitter to shut down several accounts.

After getting into a public spat with the Supreme Court judge over the ruling that ordered Musk to delete profiles associated with the extreme right, Elon Musk is now under investigation by Brazilian authorities.

In addition to fining the company almost £16,000 per day for noncompliance, the injunction forbade the social media platform from disclosing whose accounts had been disabled. Musk now claims that X will remove the blockages. According to the multibillionaire, Moraes should step down or face impeachment.

Moraes responded by announcing late Sunday that he had begun an investigation into what he saw as Musk’s attempts to obstruct justice.

In response, Musk labeled the move “aggressive censorship” and promised to remove all limitations on Saturday. Additionally, he said that a court in Brazil had imposed hefty penalties, threatened to detain our staff, and blocked access to X.

Musk warned that this oppression would force the closure of their operation in Brazil and the loss of all income from the country.

Musk promised to reveal “everything” that the Supreme Court judge had requested of Twitter within a few hours of their disagreement escalating.

The present administration of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva supported Moraes’s investigation after he criticized Musk and demanded social media control.

Several high-ranking Lula administration officials denounced Musk’s interference. According to Paulo Pimenta, the minister of communications, they will not allow anyone – no matter how much money and power they have – to affront Brazil, adding that their sovereignty will not be subservient to the power of internet platforms or the business model of big tech.

Pimenta also said in another post that Brazil would neither become nor remain the backyard of the extreme right.

In addition to his probe of the “digital militias” that supported Bolsonaro’s government and the purported coup attempt on January 8, 2018, Moraes is spearheading a second probe into Google and Telegram leaders.

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