Elon Musk regularly changes his smartphone, sometimes destroying the old phone for security reasons. The revelation was made earlier this week in the context of a legal dispute that placed the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX in the dock.
Musk is an avid consumer of technology and, as such, does not shy away from changing the phone frequently for a variety of reasons, with curiosity being one of them. Unlike most consumers, their old smartphones are not sold.
Elon Musk does not sell or offer his old phones
The reason is easy to understand. Musk has sensitive information on the companies he leads on his phone, with Tesla and SpaceX being the ideal example. And, whenever it aims to guarantee the maximum confidentiality of data, the destruction of equipment is the only measure that does not admit failures.
The case is advanced by BusinessInsider, based on statements made by Musk’s legal representative in a litigation in which he was recently involved. Elon was accused of defaming the plaintiff, British diver Vernon Unsworth, via Twitter when he nicknamed him “pedo guy”.
According to his lawyer, “Mr. Musk, periodically updates the phone and, Mr. Musk, occasionally has to change phones for reasons related to the security and sensitivity of the information,” said Alex Spiro, one of the legal representatives in statements to the aforementioned source.
Statements made during defamation proceedings
Vernon Unsworth took Musk to court on the grounds that he was defamed by Tesla’s CEO in 2020, where the executive dubbed him a pedophile on the social network Twitter. Musk apologized to Unsworth and deleted the tweet, but it was not enough.
“For security reasons, Mr. Musk usually changes his smartphone regularly, and sometimes the old device is cleaned, with all the data deleted, then stored or destroyed,” says his legal representative.
The complainant, Vernon Unsworth, was one of the divers who helped rescue Thai youths who had been trapped in a cave in the past year. The football team found itself fighting for life, but fortunately the outcome was positive.
Before you go, see how to format your phone before selling it as used, with the practical guide.
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