Elon Musk makes fun of whistleblowers in new Tesla product

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As he promoted his latest Tesla-branded product, Elon Musk made an obvious joke about whistleblowers.

Musk sent a tweet to 65.1m of his followers saying “Blow The Whistle on Tesla!” with a link to a $50 (£38) “Cyberwhistle”.

On Tesla’s site, it is marked out-of-stock.

The electric carmaker was recently sued for allegedly sexual harassment and racism at the Fremont, California factory.

Musk wrote in the thread that “Don’t waste money on this silly Apple Cloth. Instead, get our whistle!”The tweet was in reference to an iPhone maker’s $19 microfibre Polishing Cloth that was put on sale last week.

Cybertruck inspired the Cyberwhistle, a limited edition collectible made of medical-grade stainless and polished. “The whistle features an integrated attachment function for additional versatility,” according to the description on the website.

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The Cyberwhistle looks like Mr Musk’s electric pickup truck, the Cybertruck.

The production of the vehicle had been scheduled for late in this year, but it was moved to next year by the company.

You can find the Cyberwhistle in the Lifestyle Products section on Tesla’s site. This includes items like a $150 decanter and mug with the “S3XY logo” for $30. There are also several diecast models from the company’s cars.

Musk is well known for his use of Twitter to laugh and to spar with other people.

BBC asked Tesla for more information but Tesla declined to respond immediately.

A lawsuit was filed by a woman who worked at Tesla’s Fremont plant in California last month. It claimed that women are subject to “nightmarish” sexual harassment.

Jessica Barraza was a night worker at the factory. She said she suffered “nearly every day” catcalls, inappropriate touching, and other unpleasant experiences.

Tesla was required to compensate Owen Diaz (an African-American worker at Fremont) $137m for failing to prevent him from being abused.

A San Francisco court found that Mr Diaz was subject to hostile working conditions as a lift operator between 2015 and 2016.

Tesla disagreed with the verdict, but acknowledged that it wasn’t perfect.

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Source: BBC.com

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