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: Elon Musk takes the stand as battle lines drawn in trial over Tesla tweets

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk took the witness stand late Friday in a federal trial in San Francisco over alleged investor losses caused by his “funding secured” tweet and other tweets back in 2018 related to taking the EV maker private.

Tesla shares

edged lower in the extended session Friday after ending the regular trading day up 4.9%.

“I care a great deal about retail investors,” Musk said. “They are our most loyal steadfast investors.”

Twitter Inc., which Musk bought in October, is the most “democratic” way to communicate, Musk said in court.

A defense attorney started off with plumbing Musk’s Twitter habits, and that Musk sometimes bristled at the implications his tweets may carry more meaning than he assigns them.

“Just because I tweet something, it does not mean people believe it, or act accordingly,” Musk said, giving as example another infamous tweet, in which he said Tesla stock was too high — and the stock then went higher.

This is a developing story.

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