An aide to President Vladimir Zelensky has claimed that Elon Musk is suppressing the Kiev government’s accounts on his platform
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhail Podoliak speaks in an interview last month in Kiev. © Ukraine Presidential Office
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhail Podoliak has blasted Twitter owner Elon Musk as a sympathizer for Russian propagandists, accusing the billionaire entrepreneur of “forcibly reducing” the reach of the Kiev government’s accounts on the social media platform.
“Maybe you should stop pessimizing Ukrainian official accounts and forcibly reducing their reach,” Podoliak told Musk on Wednesday in a Twitter post. “It’s too obvious.”
The adviser to President Vladimir Zelensky went on to suggest that Musk has tried to help “talentless” purveyors of Russian propaganda. “It won’t help them, and Twitter’s reputation is dying,” Podoliak claimed. “Maybe a regulator is needed to explain competition rules to the owner.”
It’s not clear which regulatory agency Podoliak wants to unleash on Musk or which antitrust law he has supposedly violated. Many Twitter users have complained in recent days of declining reach and engagement of their posts. The company’s engineers are reportedly working to resolve a glitch that apparently arose when the platform tweaked some of its features last month.
.@elonmusk, maybe you should stop pessimizing 🇺🇦 official accounts & forcibly reducing their reach? It's too obvious. Don’t help talentless ru-propaganda. It won't help them and @Twitter's reputation is dying. Maybe a regulator is needed to explain competition rules to the owner?
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) February 1, 2023
Musk provided Ukraine free use of his Starlink satellite communication service after Russia launched its military offensive against Kiev last year. Media outlets, including the Economist, have credited Musk’s satellites with having “saved Ukraine and changed warfare.” However, Zelensky’s regime has clashed with the Tesla CEO, such as when Musk suggested last October that the conflict could be ended by offering such concessions as allowing UN-monitored secession elections in separatist regions.