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X Receives Inquiry From Congress After Musk Defies Brazilian Court Order

Musk: 'This is getting spicy'

X Receives Inquiry From Congress After Musk Defies Brazilian Court Order

X owner Elon Musk said the platform has received an inquiry from the House of Representatives after Musk announced X would defy a recent Brazilian court order

Last Saturday, X announced a Brazilian court had ordered the platform to remove "certain popular accounts." Shortly after, Musk announced X would defy the Brazilian court's order, which was revealed to have come from Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, adding X would "lift all restrictions."

Musk announced the platform had received an inquiry from Congress regarding the matter on Wednesday night.

"X just received an inquiry from the U.S. House of Representatives regarding actions taken in Brazil that were in violation of Brazilian law," Musk wrote, noting there were "hundreds, if not thousands."

"This is getting spicy," he added.

On Sunday, Musk announced X would soon publish everything demanded by de Moraes and demonstrate how his requests violate Brazilian law.

The X owner also called for de Moraes to resign or be impeached.

The next day, Musk said Brazilian-based X employees had been threatened with arrest for the platform's refusal to comply with de Moraes' order, adding X would hold off on releasing their "data dump on de Moraes' demands" until employees were in a "safe place."

Late Wednesday night, Musk participated in an X space and further discussed the platform's battle with Brazil's judicial system.

"The people of Brazil ought to know that there is an abuse of judicial power to an extreme degree that we've not seen in any country on earth," he said. "I have never seen anything of this magnitude. It's insane."

The X owner insisted Brazil's elected representatives should be in charge of making requests of X rather than de Moraes.

"The elected representatives of Brazil, that's who should be in charge," Musk said.

"A judiciary is there to execute upon the law, but not to make the law," Musk continued. "I think it's an outrage. People should be extremely upset. This has got to stop."

Musk also noted Brazil had threatened to cut access to X throughout the country and implement a $20,000 daily fine.

"I don't know if these threats will come to pass or not," he continued. "But judging by what has happened to others, I think these threats are real."

Musk said Brazil's demands of X were "going far beyond judicial authority to executive authority."

"The law is violating the law," he added.

Amid X's confrontation with Brazil, Musk has encouraged Brazilians to employ the use of a virtual private network (VPN), which masks a user's location when online.

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