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Tesla Linked to Child Labor: A Damning Revelation

Tesla is linked to child labor via procurement of a key mineral for electric car batteries, according to a Swedish newspaper. Other automotive giants are also implicated.

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Tesla Linked to Child Labor: A Damning Revelation

In an unsettling revelation, Tesla, the electric vehicle titan, has been implicated for sourcing a contentious mineral from mines notorious for the extensive use of child labor.

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This startling information was unveiled by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, drawing a direct line between Tesla and child labor-infested mines in Madagascar.

Controversial Procurement and Social Media Censorship

Interestingly, this exposé was shared on the social media platform X. However, unlike standard journalistic content, X issued a cautionary notice against the link, dubbing it as potentially dangerous or spam under its policy, without providing further details.

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Jonathan Jeppson, Aftonbladet's investigative chief, was the one to share the Tesla exposé on X. Karin Schmidt, Aftonbladet's editor-in-chief, voiced her concern over their meticulous journalistic work being labeled as 'unsafe.'

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Elon Musk: The Common Link

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One cannot help but notice the common denominator between X and Tesla - Elon Musk, the owner of X and the CEO and primary stakeholder of Tesla. The exposé shed light on 43 shipments of the mineral mica traced from a company notorious for child labor in its mines, used by Tesla to insulate their electric car batteries.

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Beyond Tesla: Other Auto Manufacturers Implicated

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However, Tesla isn't the lone wolf here. Other automobile manufacturers, including Volvo and BMW, have been pointed out as having sourced mica from similar dubious origins.

Mica, renowned for its dazzling properties, is widely used not just in the cosmetics and paint industries but is especially harnessed by Tesla in their electric vehicle batteries.

These revelations underscore the pressing need for transparency and diligence in supply chains, particularly for multinational companies with far-reaching influence like Tesla. As consumers, we must continue to question and demand accountability for the sources of the products we use daily.

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