The move appears to be in support of people that were fired or mistreated at work for liking or posting certain content.
Elon Musk stated that his social media company X (formerly Twitter) would fund the
legal bills of any user mistreated by their employer for engaging with or posting content on the platform.
In an Aug. 5 X thread announcing the move, Musk said that lawsuits of any scale would be supported:
“If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking
something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill. No limit. Please let us know.”
The post appears to have been received well and has more than 200,000 likes at the time of
writing, with a flood of people putting their hands up for funding for potential lawsuits.
For example, The Libs of TikTok highlighted a case in which a Limited Run Games employee,
Kara Lynne, was reportedly fired for following the account on X.
Putting his money where his mouth is, Musk responded by asking: “Kara, is that accurate?”
Lynne then stated: “The situation is slightly more complicated than the headline. But yes.”
Musk is a self-described “free speech absolutist” who has a clear disdain for cancel culture,
and this latest move seems to align with his push to shift X away from content censorship, particularly relating to political and ideological views.
In December 2022, Musk tweeted that “cancel culture needs to be canceled.” Under his ownership,
X has reinstated several accounts that were banned for policy violations under the previous ownership.
The latest announcement from Musk comes as changes continue to unfold at X.
The platform underwent a full rebrand from Twitter to X in July as part of a push to become an “everything app.”
The revenue-sharing model was also recently introduced for users, and on Aug.
2, X also rolled out an option for the premium Blue service subscribers to hide their verified checkmarks.