Elon Musk says Twitter—currently being rebranded to X—will pay for the legal costs of individuals who have been “unfairly treated” by employers as a result of their interaction on the social media platform.
In a promising yet overly ambiguous post, the billionaire businessman declared on Sunday that “If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill. No limit. Please let us know.”
By Tuesday afternoon, this had racked up well over 128 million views. Thousands have also commented on the post, with some pointing to specific incidents of workers having been sacked due to tweets they posted themselves, or for simply having ‘liked’ tweets from other accounts.
Others have asked Mr. Musk how they could sign up for this plan, but details have not been forthcoming. As a result of this uncertainty, some scepticism about the seriousness of his remark has followed.
In a commentary following the post, Forbes noted that many users might have been excited by the news, but “Musk, who’s known for making late-night tweets that may or may not materialise into company policy, did not send a follow-up tweet to explain the terms of who’s eligible for legal assistance.”
After taking ownership of the platform, Mr. Musk did reinstate accounts that had previously been suspended. The most famous example of this was the restoration of Donald Trump’s profile. And he has since taken other steps to back up his view of a free-speech-friendly Twitter as “the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”
But for Mr. Musk’s latest legal-fee pledge to truly land, more details will need to emerge, and soon.