But will Elon Musk cave to the requests?
With Russia's invasion of Ukraine, collective voices are calling out for organizations to restrict and sanction their services to and purchases from the country. Already, we have seen President Joe Biden confirm that the USA would put a stop to importing oil from the region which has already resulted in locals paying more for gas.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also joined the plight of protecting Ukraine by enabling his Starlink connectivity service in the country. He has also made supercharging free for electric cars in the country so that citizens can find safety without unnecessary delays. According to some social media users, there is one more thing he can do to help the fight.
Several Twitter users have come out and asked if Musk can remotely deactivate all Tesla products, ranging from the Model 3 to the Model S, in Russia via a kill switch. Considering that all of the brand's cars are connected to the cloud, we do not doubt that he can do this but, other accounts are arguing whether this would be a justifiable decision.
Considering that a lot of the Russian population has come out to condemn Putin's decision to invade Ukraine, it could be seen as unfair to punish them for the actions of their leader. Already, some manufacturers have stopped exporting their cars to Russia. Some have even gone as far as to suspend production altogether at their plants in the country.
Elon Musk is yet to respond to any of these calls asking him to assume control of cars in Russia and remotely restrict them from use. While he has shown strong support for Ukraine, he has also come out to sympathize with the citizens of Russia who are against the war. Furthermore, he revealed that some government members have pressured him to block Russian news sources from his Starlink service.
To this, he responded that the company would only do so at gunpoint and affirmed his position on being a free speech absolutist. Let's also consider that Tesla's presence in Russia is not as notable as it is here in the USA or some regions of Europe. Deactivating all of its products in Russia would likely create nothing more than an unnoticeable ripple.