It is just silly nonsense that misunderstands rights and prerogatives.
If a restaurant kicks you out for saying [REDACTED] in their business in front of other customers, that is not censorship.
I didn't say it was censorship, I said it was pushing people to self-censo, ie intimidating them into silence.
There is no censorship, because Tesla doesn't have an obligation to provide a platform for anybody to speak.
They weren't providing a platform or venue for anybody to speak, your restaurant analogy doesn't apply.
Them responding to negative speech by exercising their own prerogatives, that isn't censorship; that is in fact the value of speech that is protected when free speech is protected!
A private company doing it isn't government censorship, but it can be still be censorship. In fact if reddit bans a really offensive forum that can be both censorship and the right thing to do.
Of course since Telsa wasn't providing the platform for the speech it wasn't censorship.
This idea that consequences for your speech in your relationships in the community somehow implies that speech isn't free, it is just wrong and stupid.
And the consequence of Elon Musks behaviour is I'm now giving it bad PR.
Nobody is controlling anybody's speech or actions here.
Well Elon Musk is trying to, he's saying that he doesn't care if you already reserved a car, if you publicly criticize something about the company he'll take away your pre-order spot.
You're free to say whatever you want, and enter into any business relationships with other people who are willing to do business with you.
And I argue that you should be less willing to do business with Elon Musk because he's going to try and control what you say about him.