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While Elon Musk And his Twitter The files are exposure the inner workings of the social media company’s previous regime, the self-proclaimed Chief Twit is taking steps to ensure he never gets Twitter Files’d during his own tenure.

The platform’s managing editor Zoe Schiffer reported on Saturday that Musk had sent an email warning other company employees about the leak of “confidential” information and threatening to potentially sue those who violated non-disclosure agreements.

“As evidenced by the multiple detailed leaks of confidential information on Twitter, several people at our company continue to act in a manner that is contrary to the company’s interests and in violation of their NDA,” Musk’s email said.

“This will only be said once: If you flagrantly and willfully violate the NDA you signed when you joined, you are liable to the fullest extent of the law, and Twitter will immediately seek damages.”

The employees were given until 5pm to sign the NDA. The warning stands in stark contrast to Musk’s stance as a “free speech absolutist,” who has often tweeted like-minded catchphrases like “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” and “Transparency is the key to trust,” but doesn’t share the same those beliefs when it comes to his own Twitter tenure.

Fittingly, the email was leaked to Schiffer, who also shared a link to The Technician’s Handbook to inform them of their rights.

Musk, meanwhile, angered the right Friday night with the Twitter Files about Twitter’s decision to ban Donald Trump amid the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Musk, however, was less forthcoming about his own rationale for banning users: After stopping Kanye West for posting a swastika image, Musk restored the Twitter accounts of white supremacists and neo-Nazis despite their previous removal from the platform. (West appears to have made the mistake of violating Musk’s personal guidelines, as he was booted soon after tweeting a screenshot of a text message exchange with Musk, as well as an unflattering photo of the Twitter CEO. “FAFO,” Musk tweeted after West’s ouster, shorthand for “screwed around, got it.”)

It’s also not the first time a Musk-led company has used the power of an NDA: In 2021, Tesla drivers testing a beta version of the automaker’s fully self-driving technology were asked to sign an NDA to prevent information , critical for the software to reach both the media and the public.

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“Remember, there are a lot of people who want Tesla to fail,” says the NDA under the Early Access Program (via Inverse). “Don’t let them mischaracterize your reviews and media posts.”

The NDAs drew the ire of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which “relies on consumer reports as an important source of information in evaluating potential safety defects,” as the agency noted in a letter to Tesla. “Any agreement that would prevent or discourage early access beta program participants from reporting safety concerns to NHTSA is unacceptable. Moreover, even restrictions on the public sharing of certain information adversely affect NHTSA’s ability to obtain safety-related information,” the letter states.




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