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Elon Musk refuses to block Starlink’s Russian news sites

Elon Musk claims he has defied calls from several countries to ban Russian news sites from his Starlink internet satellites while the invasion of Ukraine continues.

“Starlink has been ordered by some governments (not Ukraine) to block Russian news sources,” the world’s richest man tweeted over the weekend.

“We will only do this at gunpoint.”

Musk added, “Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.”

Since the Russians launched their invasion of Ukraine about 10 days ago, several Kremlin-affiliated media outlets have been pulled from their platforms by major tech companies in the United States.

Reddit last week banned users from posting links to RT and Sputnik, joining other tech giants that have also imposed similar restrictions such as Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, Meta, Snapchat, TikTok and Spotify.

Even Telegram, the encrypted messenger service, bowed to European pressure to remove RT, where it had a large following. It is believed that Russian disinformation was allowed to freely spread on Telegram.

Musk tweeted that he will not block Russian news sites from Starlink "unless at gunpoint," Add: "Sorry to be a free speech absolutist."
Musk tweeted that he would not block Russian news sites from Starlink “unless at gunpoint,” adding, “I’m sorry to be a total freedom of speech absolutist.”
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Russian authorities have lashed out at American tech companies by imposing their own bans.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning Facebook and Twitter for not following the Kremlin’s line in the Ukraine war.

The Russian government has also taken steps to block locals’ access to foreign media covering the country, including the US government-funded Voice of America, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and the Latvian site Meduza.

Russian censorship authorities have also forced the few remaining independent domestic outlets to cease operations.

America's biggest tech companies, including Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, have banned Russian media outlets like RT and Sputnik in response to global outrage over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
America’s biggest tech companies, including Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, have banned Russian media outlets like RT and Sputnik in response to global outrage over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Starlink is the satellite system that aims to provide wireless internet access over space. Musk’s company SpaceX sent a shipment of Starlink terminals to bring internet access to Ukraine amid fears the country would lose reliable access during the invasion.

But as Russia ramps up its bombing of major cities, Musk and others have warned the satellite signals could target Ukrainians.

“Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still functioning in some parts of Ukraine, so the likelihood of being targeted is high.” Musk tweeted.

“Please use with caution.”

Musk urged Ukrainians to take certain precautions when using Starlink.

Musk's company SpaceX made Starlink internet servers available to Ukraine last week.
Musk’s company SpaceX made Starlink internet servers available to Ukraine last week.
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“Only turn on Starlink when necessary and place the antenna as far away from people as possible,” Musk added. “Put a light camouflage over the antenna to avoid visual detection.”

Musk’s delivery of Starlink terminals came at the request of Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who said the broadband internet service “keeps our cities connected and emergency services save lives” in the event of outages.

The Starlink terminals were activated upon arrival in Ukraine last Saturday.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/elon-musk-refuses-to-block-russian-news-sites-from-starlink/ Elon Musk refuses to block Starlink’s Russian news sites

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