Elon Musk refuses to block Russian news sources from SpaceX Starlink internet

Elon Musk has refused to bow down to officials of some governments who have urged him to remove Russian news sources from SpaceX's Starlink Internet service.

The billionaire CEO took to Twitter with an extreme reaction to the requests as he claims he would have to be at 'gunpoint' to remove them.

The tweet, posted today (Saturday, March 5), read: "Starlink has been told by some governments (not Ukraine) to block Russian news sources.

"We will not do so unless at gunpoint."

The tweet comes less than 24 hours after the Tesla founder shared his support for Ukraine and the citizens of Russia who are standing against the Russia-Ukraine war.

In the thread, he wrote "Hold Strong Ukraine" with a reply saying "And also my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this."

Then news comes after several companies have been removing Russian products from their stock in their own form of protest against Vladimir Putin's war.

Most notably, the tech giants, Apple Inc said it was halting all exports into the country and is limiting the use of Apple Pay and other services in an announcement on Tuesday (March 1).

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In a statement, they said: "We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence.

"We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region."

The company outlined a number of actions in response to the invasion, including stopping all exports into its sales channels in the country.

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Apple Pay and other services have been limited, the company said.

The Russian state media, RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the Apple Store outside Russia.

Apple users in Russia were still able to access Apple's online store from Russia on the day of the announcements but attempts to buy an iPhone showed that they were not available for delivery.

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