Elon Musk criticized for writing in the magazine of the Chinese censorship agency

Elon Musk is facing backlash after writing a recent column for the official magazine of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the agency that oversees the country’s data security and censors online content.

In his article of Chinese cyberspace magazine, Musk explains how technology can help humanity, and he cites the work of his companies SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink as examples. Some news outlets focused on Musk’s description in the column of Tesla’s upcoming multi-purpose robot, but it was the very act of contributing to the censorship agency’s post that drew widespread criticism on the networks. social.

Many people upset with Musk for the story note that he once called himself a “free speech absolutist.”

“Elon Musk appreciates free speech and is critical of the COVID lockdowns in the US, so he’s going to China. Someone should explain to him where he is and what the Chinese policies are regarding COVID and free speech,” wrote someone on Twitter about it.

another tweet Lily“Musk plays the fool but when it comes to China, he’s a pro. »

Elon Musk is seen in this photo arriving at the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2 in New York City. Tesla CEO is under fire for writing a column for a magazine published by China’s internet censorship agency.
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One notable topic that Musk didn’t address for the column is his recent dispute with Twitter over his abandoned plan to take over the company. Since Musk once said that fighting censorship initiatives was part of his plan for the social media platform, many people noted his hypocrisy when contributing to a post run by the Chinese censorship agency. .

As a person tweeted, “Interested to see Elon Musk write articles for the Chinese Internet Censorship Agency propaganda rag. What a giant hypocrite. Free speech for me, not for you. »

@Elon Musk…for a man who wanted to convince America that his leftist-bashing rhetoric and his [totalitarianistic] the desire to take over Twitter was all about free speech absolutism, Elon is really comfortable with the biggest censorship nation on the planet, China,” wrote another person on Twitter.

“Congratulations to Elon Musk for being another two-faced Chinese accomplice. Claim to be a free speech advocate and then contribute to one of the most anti-western/human rights countries in the world I’m sure you would allow free speech then as long as it do not criticize the CCP,” Lily a tweet.

Musk did not respond to criticism as of press time, but on Sunday he tweeted his congratulations to a Tesla factory in Shanghai for producing 1 million Tesla cars. He also noted in the post that Tesla has now made over 3 million vehicles.

Newsweek contacted Musk through Tesla for comment.

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