Elon Musk may be seen by his followers as a digital visionary, but in Brazil the billionaire entrepreneur has been known as a digital militiaman since this weekend. Namely in investigative documents from the Supreme Court. The country’s highest chamber has long been taking action against so-called “digital militias” who make the Internet unsafe with disinformation and hate speech. Now the judge in charge has included Musk, the owner of Twitter successor X, in his investigation.

Brazil is investigating the richest person in the world. And he, in turn, launches a verbal counterattack against the country’s best-known lawyer. None of this is a belated April Fool’s joke. So what happened?

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