In the Direction of Tyranny: Musk Takes Aim at Australian Fact Checkers on Nuclear Claims

Billionaire Elon Musk has said government fact-checkers are a “giant leap in the direction of tyranny.”

His comments come amid ongoing debate around Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith’s being “fact-checked“ on his views about nuclear energy, by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in collaboration with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Mr. Musk, owner of X (formerly Twitter) weighed in on the subject after U.S. eco-modernist Michael Shellenberger spoke out.

“The Australian government is demanding that X, Facebook, and other social media companies censor content that its fact-checkers say is inaccurate. But now, one of the government’s main fact-checker groups has been caught spreading misinformation about renewables and nuclear,” Mr. Shellenberger said.

In response, Elon Musk posted, “Having government ‘fact-checkers’ is a giant leap in the direction of tyranny.”

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