Elon Musk Says Starlink Won’t Block Russian Media

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Starlink would not block Russian media because it would stifle free speech — a move that aligns with bitcoin’s (BTC) fundamental principles of freedom.

Starlink is the satellite internet division of Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX. The company has more than 1,469 active Starlink satellites, with another 272 expected to enter operational orbit soon.

In a tweet on Saturday, the billionaire noted that Starlink will not shut off Russian media unless at gunpoint. Musk wrote:

“Some governments (not Ukraine) told Starlink to block Russian news sources. We will only do this at gunpoint. Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.

Tech giants shut down Russian media

Several tech giants including Apple, Google, Meta (formerly Facebook), Twitter and YouTube have already banned Russian news outlets such as RT and Sputnik following Russia’s so-called ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine.

Musk also said that “SpaceX has reprioritized cyber defense and overcoming signal jamming. Will cause slight delays in Starship and Starlink V2.

Starlink made satellite broadband services available in Ukraine on February 27, in response to a request from Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov.

Internet connectivity became erratic following the Russian invasion. Satellite technology can help provide Internet services to people living in remote areas.

“Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still operating in parts of Ukraine, so the likelihood of being targeted is high. Please use with caution,” Musk said in an earlier tweet.

Bitcoin as a catalyst for freedom

Musk’s comments on free speech resonate with the cypherpunk politics of undermining surveillance, central control and financial exclusion – concepts that have led to the rise of bitcoin, along with a host of other imitators.

Bitcoin is founded on the principle of individual freedom, resisting any form of censorship. In the current setup of the tech industry, crypto is viewed as liberating and disruptive, at a time when companies like Google and Meta are disapprovingly viewed as representing the status quo.

Bitcoin, in particular, has had a favorable trend among “digital leftists” who advocate a world disconnected from commercial and political centers. Already sold on crypto, Musk could become a champion of internet freedom with his refusal to bow to government pressure.

Top crypto YouTuber Matt Wallace said, “Free speech is one of the most important things on the planet,” responding to the billionaire’s tweet.

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