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Elon Musk has expressed his opposition to the Congress's attempts to prohibit TikTok from operating in the United States, stating that it goes against the principles of freedom of speech and is not in line with American values

FILE – Elon Musk founder, CEO, and chief engineer/designer of SpaceX jokes with reporters as he pretends to search for an answer to a question on a cell phone during a news conference after a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket test flight to demonstrate the capsule’s emergency escape system at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Many people are puzzled on what a Elon Musk takeover of Twitter would mean for the company and even whether he’ll go through with the deal.  If the 50-year-old Musk’s gambit has made anything clear it’s that he thrives on contradiction. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Billionaire Elon Musk has come out against efforts by the Congress to ban TikTok from operating inside the United States.

Elon Musk

AP Photo/John Raoux, File

Billionaire Elon Musk has come out against efforts by the Congress to ban TikTok from operating inside the United States.

The owner of X, formerly Twitter, sent out a post on Friday noting that he is against banning the platform even though it would benefit X. Musk added that a ban is “contrary to freedom of speech” and “not what America stands for.”

“In my opinion, TikTok should not be banned in the USA, even though such a ban may benefit the 𝕏 platform,” Musk wrote to his millions of followers on X.

He added, “Doing so would be contrary to freedom of speech and expression. It is not what America stands for.”

The bill mandating that TikTok divest from it’s Chinese owner ByteDance is currently being fast-tracked through Congress with bipartisan support from lawmakers. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has attached the legislation to an aid package for Ukraine and Israel set to be finalized this weekend.

“We expect the vote on final passage on these bills to be on Saturday evening,” Johnson wrote in the memo to Republicans, according to CBS News.

Musk’s opinion aligns with former President Donald Trump who flip-flopped on the ban he once championed and came out against forcing the platform to divest back in March. Musk has long raised eyebrows for his close ties to China. The New York Times in March reported that “Tesla and China built a symbiotic relationship, with credits, workers, and parts that made Mr. Musk ultrarich.”

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