Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Starlink Won't Block Russian News Sources 'Unless At Gunpoint'

Elon Musk has spoken out about requests to have Russian news sources blocked from his Starlink internet service.

According to the 50-year-old technology entrepreneur, he has received multiple requests "by some governments" to block Russian news outlets from being able to be broadcast on his Starlink internet service.

Tesla's chief executive did mention that the Ukrainian government has not made the request - but also added that he would not adhere to the request.

Writing to his 76.5 million Twitter followers on Saturday morning, Musk said: "Starlink has been told by some governments (not Ukraine) to block Russian news sources. We will not do so unless at gunpoint."

He alluded that the decision had been made in the name of free speech, adding: "Sorry to be a free speech absolutist."

Musk's tweet comes as many global companies have been urged by members of the public and government officials to cease trading with Russia.

Musk's comments come after he responded to a plea from Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation for Starlink stations across the country.

Mykhailo Fedorov would later share a photo of a literal truck full of Starlink terminals to Twitter, writing:

"Starlink — here. Thanks, @elonmusk".

"You are most welcome," replied Musk.

However, Musk has since warned the people of Ukraine to use his company's Starlink satellite internet communication system with caution.

As the only non-Russian communication system still operating in the country, Starlink is a high-risk target for invading Russian forces.

"Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high," Musk wrote in a tweet on Friday. "Please use with caution."

And while the billionaire also announced that SpaceX would be releasing a software update so that its receivers would require less energy and work from moving vehicles, he also advised users to activate Starlink "only when needed" and "place antenna away as far away from people as possible."

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