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Elon Musk Makes Bombshell Claim In Tucker Interview ‘Government had full access’ To Twitter User’s Private Messages

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has claimed the U.S. government had access to users private messages on Twitter.

In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, set to be broadcast on Monday and Tuesday night, Musk made the startling claims noting how he was shocked to learn that the government had full access to private communications on the platform.


The billionaire tycoon told Carlson how unaware of the fact until he joined the company and expressed surprise at the degree to which government agencies were able to monitor social media.



‘Would that include people’s DMs?’ Carlson probed.

‘Yes,’ Musk replied.

The pervasive interview with Carlson is set to air over the next two nights.

Musk’s confirmation that agencies had full admittance to everything happening on Twitter, including direct messages, is likely to boost concerns among users who may have presumed that their private conversations were completely private and protected.

While it is not clear how long the government had such access, Musk’s comments reveal the situation is far more far-reaching than many may have contemplated.

In addition to talking about government spying of social media, Musk also conveyed concerns about the threat of artificial intelligence.

In an alarmist view, Musk said that he is of the belief that  AI has the possibility to cause the downfall of civilization.

‘AI is more dangerous than, say, mismanaged aircraft design or production maintenance, or bad car production in the sense that it has the potential — however small one may regard that probability, but it is non-trivial — it has the potential for civilizational destruction,’ Musk said.

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Last week, in another interview with the BBC, Musk, a self-confessed workaholic, established he sometimes sleeps on a sofa in a library in Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.

The Tesla and SpaceX boss was criticized for cutting half the company’s full-time staff in one week, ending remote working and setting a proposal for remaining staff to agree to longer, more dedicated working patterns or leave.

It led to concerns that the platform could grapple to sustain itself with the reduced maintenance team and available engineers.

Musk admitted that shutting down one of Twitter’s service centers had resulted in being ‘quite catastrophic’ as it ended up with the platform losing a large amount of its functionality.

He also said the business was now ‘roughly breaking even’, could be lucrative again soon and he would be open to selling to the right person.

Musk also disclosed that legacy blue checkmarks will finally be removed this week.

Musk stated last month that legacy-verified Twitter users would see their blue ticks removed from the service on April 1, unless they paid a monthly fee of $8 to its Twitter Blue subscription operation.

As a result, thousands of the platform’s high-profile users were braced to lose the ticks, which can help verify their identity and discern them from imposters.

But the legacy blue ticks have lingered in place past the original deadline of April 1.




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Ella Ford is a mother of two, a Christian conservative writer with degrees in American History, Social and Behavioral Science and Liberal Studies, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.


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