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Musk-owned X concedes to Brazilian court's demand to comply



Legal representatives of Elon Musk's social media platform X have assured Brazil's Supreme Court of their commitment to adhere to all court rulings, including those from the top electoral court.


A letter, revealing the pledge, was addressed to Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes and came to light on Monday, according to Reuters.


The apparent turnabout follows Musk's announcement last week of his intention to contest a decision by Justice Moraes instructing X to restrict access to specific accounts within Brazil.


This shift in position by X's Brazilian branch contrasts with its statement last week made in a different letter to Justice Moraes.


In that correspondence, the branch had indicated its inability to influence the willingness of the US-based company to follow the orders of the Brazilian court.


In the latest letter, the lawyers told Moraes, "As already communicated to the federal police, X Brasil informs that all orders issued by this Supreme Court and the Superior Electoral Court will continue to be fully complied with by X Corp."


In response, Judge Moraes launched an investigation into the billionaire, accusing him of obstructing justice. He is looking into "digital militias" accused of spreading fake news and hate messages during the tenure of former far-right Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro.


He is also leading an inquiry into an alleged coup attempt by Bolsonaro.


Musk, who has often said he strongly supports free speech, had earlier announced that he'd lift all restrictions by Moraes as he believed they were against the constitution. He even asked the justice to step down.


On Monday, X mentioned it had been asked by the US House Judiciary Committee to share details about orders from the Brazilian Supreme Court concerning content moderation.


The social media platform's attorneys informed Moraes that X had followed the committee's request to share private court documents. They assured him that they would keep him informed of any further updates they receive from X Corp regarding the issue.

 

 

 

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