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Musk in ‘Twitter Sitter’ Appeal Says Recent Verdict Supports Him

  • Tesla CEO is appealing over SEC consent decree on his tweeting
  • He argues his win in recent trial shows deal should be tossed
Photographer: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images

Elon Musk told an appeals court that his victory in a San Francisco trial shows his 2018 deal with the US Securities and Exchange Commission requiring a Tesla Inc. lawyer to screen his company-related tweets should be thrown out.

Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer and now the owner of Twitter Inc., has argued that the SEC is harassing him and that a consent decree he signed violates his free speech rights. He has specifically targeted the requirement for a screener, whom some have called his “Twitter sitter.”