Elon Musk may have violated U.S. labor laws during tweet storm

Elon Musk to roll out website to rate the credibility of journalists; Twitterati think it’s a ‘good idea’

He said he was thinking of calling it "Pravda".

SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk is exhausted of fake news, and he seems to have a solution.

"Problem is journos are under constant pressure to get max clicks & earn advertising dollars or get fired".

The increasingly irascible Tesla chief executive went on a 24-hour, anti-media tirade from Wednesday to Thursday, culminating in an online poll that saw almost 700,000 people showing their support for his plans to create a website to vet journalists' credibility.

"It is unusual that big auto companies literally have thousands more factory injuries than Tesla & millions more auto deaths, but somehow get less coverage".

He tweeted: "Amazingly, the 'media is awesome" vote is declining, despite hundreds of articles attacking this very poll'. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said he would name the new venture "Pravda" after the old Soviet newspaper. "Pravda" means "truth" in Russian. The new versions will reportedly sell for up to $78,000-or more.

Shares of Tesla remain down 9 percent since the Silicon Valley company reported quarterly financial results on May 2, when Musk refused to answer queries from analysts and said "boring, bonehead questions are not cool".

Musk ended the Wednesday tweetstorm with a sideswipe against the UAW, which has been trying to organize workers at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant.

"Nothing stopping Tesla team at our vehicle plant from voting union". But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing?

Recently Consumer Reports (CR) tested the Tesla Model 3 and found that the auto had braking distances that were much longer than other vehicles in its class.

It was this tweet, more than anything else that Musk tweeted, that appeared to have immediate real-world outcome, as the threat to remove worker benefits following unionization could be interpreted as a violation of labor law, according to a former National Labor Relations Board chief cited by Bloomberg.

UAW charged that Tesla violated the National Labor Relations Act when Musk threatened to take away employee stock options if employees unionized, according to the complaint. Is it just another Musk prank, or is he actually serious about the idea?



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