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Elon Musk Asks Appeals Court to End His ‘Twitter Sitter’ Deal

  • Tesla CEO claims he’s being muzzled by the government
  • Musk agreed to have tweets prescreened in a deal with SEC
Elon Musk 

Elon Musk 

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Elon Musk asked a federal appeals court to throw out the deal he made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018 requiring a Tesla Inc. lawyer to screen all his company-related tweets, calling it an illegal effort to muzzle him.

Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer, has claimed without success that the SEC is harassing him and that the agreement violates his free-speech rights. US District Judge Lewis Liman in April refused to release him from the deal and end the requirement for a “Twitter Sitter.” Liman said Musk was “simply bemoaning that he felt like he had to agree to it at the time” and now “wishes that he had not.”