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SEC, Elon Musk reach an agreement about his tweeting

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., waves while departing from federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 4, 2019. U.S. Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ever since Elon Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private his use of the platform has been troublesome in the government’s eyes, but today the CEO reached an amended agreement with the SEC. According to Reuters, if a judge approves the deal then charges of contempt in his earlier settlement will be dropped. It requires that Musk get prior approval from Tesla’s legal department when he makes public statements about the company’s finances.

In December, Musk told 60 Minutes “I do not respect the SEC” and cited the First Amendment. The SEC sought to hold him in contempt due to a February tweet that overstated how many vehicles Tesla projected to build this year.

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