Terms of service clearly prohibit Starlink for offensive military action
To clarify on the Starlink issue: the Ukrainians THOUGHT coverage was enabled all the way to Crimea, but it was not. They asked Musk to enable it for their drone sub attack on the Russian fleet. Musk did not enable it, because he thought, probably correctly, that would cause a major war.
Much appreciated, Walter.
The onus is meaningfully different if I refused to act upon a request from Ukraine vs. made a deliberate change to Starlink to thwart Ukraine.
At no point did I or anyone at SpaceX promise coverage over Crimea.
Moreover, our terms of service clearly prohibit Starlink for offensive military action, as we are a civilian system, so they were again asking for something that was expressly prohibited.
SpaceX is building Starshield for the US government, which is similar to, but much smaller than Starlink, as it will not have to handle millions of users. That system will be owned and controlled by the US government.
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Elon Musk has confessed to actively sabotaging a Ukranian attack on the Russian black sea fleet, by disabling Starlink. The russian black sea fleet continously launches cruise missiles against civilian targets in Ukraine.
Elon Musk have the blood of innocent civilians on his hands.
Elon Musk is a national security risk for the United States — Starlink and SpaceX are now companies with capabilities that are important for US national security. Having a billionaire actively sabotaging the defense of Ukraine, and thus the strategic interest of the US and allies is a problem that should be fixed.
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CNN: Elon Musk secretly ordered his engineers to turn off his company’s Starlink satellite communications network near the Crimean coast last year to disrupt a Ukrainian sneak attack on the Russian naval fleet, according to an excerpt adapted from Walter Isaacson’s new biography of the eccentric billionaire titled “Elon Musk.”
As Ukrainian submarine drones strapped with explosives approached the Russian fleet, they “lost connectivity and washed ashore harmlessly,” Isaacson writes.
Musk’s decision, which left Ukrainian officials begging him to turn the satellites back on, was driven by an acute fear that Russia would respond to a Ukrainian attack on Crimea with nuclear weapons, a fear driven home by Musk’s conversations with senior Russian officials, according to Isaacson
By “helping humans, not kill them”, and not helping Ukrainians to defend themselves Elon Musk actually is helping Russians to kill Ukrainians.
Interesting pacifism, isn’t it?
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