Elon Musk Calls SEC Oversight ‘Government-Imposed Muzzle’

Tesla’s Elon Musk is preparing to head to trial with Twitter next month, though another court battle shows the billionaire entrepreneur calling out a federal agency for allegedly stifling his free speech in a separate case.

Musk’s lawyers are claiming that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has imposed a “muzzle” on the CEO’s speech before it’s made, as detailed in a court brief filed on Tuesday (via NBC News).

Lawyers for Musk have claimed that the securities agency has imposed a “government-imposed muzzle on Mr. Musk’s speech before it is made.”

The statements come in response to the SEC’s pre-approval process for Musk’s Twitter account, a decision made following a 2018 tweet that officials claim was false.

“The pre-approval provision in the consent decree qualifies as a prior restraint on speech that runs afoul of the First Amendment,” Spiro wrote. “It forbids future lawful speech on a range of topics absent approval.”

The current settlement comes from a 2018 tweet in which Musk claimed he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private.

In May, a judge ruled that this tweet was inaccurate, retaining the imposition of SEC oversight on Musk’s Twitter account.

After Musk requested multiple times that authorities end SEC oversight of his Twitter page, a judge denied his request.