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Elon Musk Praised at Brazilian Rally Amidst Free Speech Controversy 

Conservative Brazilians expressed strong support for Elon Musk during a rally on Sunday, aligning with the far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro, who is facing increasing legal challenges.

The event occurred in the shadow of Musk’s own legal issues with Brazil’s Supreme Court.

At the gathering held on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, attendees displayed large signs, including one that proclaimed “Brazil Thanks Elon Musk.”

Thousands of Bolsonaro’s staunch supporters were present, demonstrating their continued allegiance.

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Elon Musk, known for his uncompromising stance on free speech, has become embroiled in a judicial conflict involving accusations of disseminating fake news alongside Bolsonaro’s supporters.

Musk has openly defied a Brazilian high court justice’s directive to suspend accounts allegedly spreading disinformation on his social media platform, X, formerly known as Twitter.

Musk, who leads companies like Tesla and SpaceX and acquired Twitter in late 2022, has accused Justice Alexandre de Moraes of infringing on free speech and violating Brazil’s constitution.

He suggested on X that users might circumvent potential platform shutdowns by employing VPNs, or virtual private networks.

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This defiance led Justice de Moraes to broaden the investigation to include Musk, focusing on potential digital militia activities and initiating new probes into obstruction, incitement, and criminal conspiracy.

The rally featured several speakers who praised Musk for his actions.

Gustavo Gayer, a pro-Bolsonaro congressman, hailed the assembly’s commitment to liberty. 

Bolsonaro himself commended Musk for his “courage” against what he perceives as censorship by de Moraes.

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The former president is under scrutiny for various alleged offenses, including aiding attempts to overturn the 2022 election results and conspiring against his successor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Brazil represents a significant market for social media enterprises, with market research from Emarketer indicating that approximately 40 million Brazilians, or about 18% of the population, use X at least once per month.

The convergence of legal issues, political unrest, and Musk’s contentious interactions with Brazilian authorities highlights the intricate relationship between global tech leaders and national politics, as well as the profound impact of social media on democratic processes.

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