Elon Musk’s Been A Very Naughty Boy Tweeting About Tesla Says The SEC

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That Elon Musk hasn’t quite grasped the responsibilities of running a publicly listed company should be obvious by now but the SEC’s had to remind him concerning Tesla. You’re not allowed to Tweet out whatever publicity you think you’d like to tell people. Things that are material statements about the company are things that need to be communicated formally, through the formal channels.

This is not rocket science – something which Elon’s other company shows is easier to certain personality types:

Elon Musk could face a possible a jail sentence after an American regulator asked a judge to hold him in contempt for ignoring an order banning him from tweeting market-moving information about the company. The Tesla boss could also face fines for the tweet sent on February 19 which said the electric car company would make half a million cars in 2019. The Securities and Exchange Commission claims that not only was the tweet inaccurate, but that it did not receive approval from board members, a condition of a recent settlement for market manipulation.

The Tweets in question:

And:

It’s entirely true, as Donald Trump has shown, that it’s possible to leap the media gatekeepers and use social media to talk direct. But then that’s rather the point of the SEC, to be that media gatekeeper and make sure no one’s doing that leaping. About time Elon Musk grasped that fact at Tesla really.

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