NEW: Elon Musk to fund 'national signature campaign in support of the First Amendment'

"Given the relentless attacks on free speech," Musk said, "I am going to fund a national signature campaign in support of the First Amendment."

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Thursday, Elon Musk announced that he planned on funding a national signature campaign to support the First Amendment. 

The move was widely celebrated, with many X users expressing a desire to sign. 

"Given the relentless attacks on free speech," the Tesla CEO wrote, "I am going to fund a national signature campaign in support of the First Amendment." 

X CEO Linda Yaccarino replied with a hand up emoji. 

"How do I sign it?" X personality Ed Krassenstein added. 

Voting advocate Scott Presler offered his assistance, telling Musk he "can have an army of signature collectors at a moment's notice." 

Musk has long been a vocal champion of free speech, with the protection of humanity's most sacred right being among the main reasons he bought Twitter, in the first place.

In an effort to combat the spread of bad ideas, Musk opened up the platform to allow for more speech, not less, as the previous leadership team had done. He has also repeatedly called out governments and public figures alike who try to censor users.

Musk also vowed to cover the legal costs of anyone who is treated unfairly by their employer over posts they engaged with on X, and has on more than one ocassion made good on that promise.

When the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission advanced a regulatory plan last year that pushed to get all online streaming services that offer podcasts to register with the government, for example, Musk called them out.

"Trudeau is trying to crush free speech in Canada," he wrote. "Shameful."

More recently, Musk called out the Brazilian government for blocking access to certain X accounts in the country. While he was later forced to block the accounts via a court order, he pushed back against attempts every way possible.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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