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“This is not about the economics. It’s for the moral good,” Musk said.

But that sentiment has critics — and those include Twitter employees. Musk caused concern initially when he revealed he had acquired a sizable stake in Twitter, and again when he was set to join the company’s board of directors. After he declined his board seat, it became clear Musk has bigger ambitions for Twitter: deciding the company’s policies on free speech and content moderation.

“My strong, intuitive sense is that having a public platform that is maximally trusted, and broadly inclusive, is extremely important to the future of civilization,” he said.

Here are a few key takeaways from Musk’s TED talk.

‘I think the code should be on GitHub’

Musk said Twitter should allow users to speak “freely within the bounds of the law” and called for the platform’s algorithm to be open source so the general public can suggest changes.

“I think like the code should be on GitHub, so then people can look through it and say, ‘I see a problem here. I don’t agree with this.’ And they can highlight issues, suggest changes,” Musk said.

Musk also commented on his use of the platform, which Anderson said even admirers consider “somewhere between embarrassing and crazy” — but effective.

“It’s stream of consciousness,” Musk said. “If I’m on the toilet and find something funny? I just tweet it out.”

Uh … relatable?

‘There is’ a Plan B if Twitter rejects Musk’s offer

Twitter plans to fight Musk’s bid to take the company private, The Information reported Thursday. When asked if he had a backup plan in that event, Musk cryptically replied: “There is.”

Of course, there were no details on what that plan entailed, but Musk said he would reveal them at “another time.”

In his SEC filing this morning, the Tesla CEO said he’d reconsider his role as a shareholder if Twitter doesn’t take his offer.

‘I was forced to admit that I lied to save Tesla’s life’

Today was apparently a great day for Musk to clear the air over his drama with the SEC, sparked by a tweet that he had secured funding to take Tesla private (a thing you’re supposed to clear with regulators and not with Twitter followers). After that tweet, Musk entered into a deal with securities…