SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweet on Saturday that his company would not block access to Russian media sources on its Starlink internet system, despite requests from some governments.
“Starlink has been told by some governments to block Russian news sources,” Musk said in one Tweet. “We will not do so unless at gunpoint.”
Starlink CEO says that we will not impose any kind of sanctions on Russian media.
The request to Starlink comes as Russian military forces continue to invade Ukraine and many nations, including the United States, levy harsh economic sanctions on Russia in protest.
Some tech companies like Apple, Twitter, Meta, Youtube, Google and Microsoft have worked to block Russian media outlets like the state-run RT network and Sputnik, according to Newsweek, but Musk’s statement implied Starlink would not block individual Russian-based news agencies.
He mentaion in tweet “Sorry to be a free speech absolutist”.
Musk on Friday warned Ukrainians to use the Starlink satellite system with caution as his commercial Internet network can be targeted by Russians and hamper the entire system at work.
As a non-Russian communications system, the Starlink satellite internet service has a “high” probability of being targeted.