Elon Musk expressed absolute disagreement with the blocking of Russian government-controlled media, such as Russia today Where Sputnik. He also explained that he would not do so in the service of star link.
After the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the European Union decided to ban Russia Today and other similar media “in order to put an end to their ‘lies and misinformation’, in addition to describing them” like Kremlin media machines,” in the words of Ursula von der Leyen. “They will no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war and sow division in our union,” she said. as Google/YouTube backed the decision and ended up blocking them worldwide Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and Meta did the same.
Corn Elon Musk does not seem to agree to prevent access to information, whatever it is, wherever it comes from. “I am a free speech absolutist,” he commented in his twitter account. “Some governments have asked Starlink to block Russian media. We won’t unless they point a gun at me.”
When someone replied that some Russian media is propaganda, Elon Musk replied: “all media is partly propaganda. Some more than others”. The decision seems made and whoever wants to see Russia today in the European Union, you can access using a VPN or by connecting to the Internet via Starlink.
Elon Musk’s role in the Ukrainian war
Elon Musk He played a leading role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Especially after accepting the request of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov to activate Starlink service in the country and send antennas.
And, although Ukraine is unlikely to be left without internet, the antennas to connect to Starlink satellites sent by Elon Musk will help certain regions of the country to have internet, especially in the east of the country.
Then, on March 9, Ukraine received a second truckload of antennas from star link sent by Elon Musk and Tesla employees in Europe. Fedorov appreciated the gestureto which the SpaceX CEO replied that he had also sent power adapters to connect directly to the car, solar packs and generators for “places where electricity is not available”.
Elon Musk also commented on the growing shortage of gas and oil, held talks with the Ukrainian president, advocated the restart of nuclear power plants in Europe and warned of the possibility of Starlink antennas becoming the target of Russian bombings. .