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Tesla Whistleblower Releases VINs Of Model 3s With Punctured Battery Modules


Update: A Tesla spokesperson has issued the following statement in response to Tripp's allegations:

"These claims are false and Tripp does not even have personal knowledge about the safety claims that he is making. No punctured cells have ever been used in any Model 3s in any way, and all VINs that have been identified have safe batteries"

It would be very easy to prove or disprove if Tripp is lying: just find one of the VINned cars, and check its batter module.

Shortly after posting the tweets, Tripp was slapped with a twelve-hour suspension by Twitter and some tweets were deleted. In a direct message (he can still use DMs) he told Gizmodo that he believes it was because at least one photo contained "an email [address] with Elon's name."

Tripp showed a screenshot of the notification Twitter sent him and it does list the reason for his temporary suspension as violating its policies against posting private information.

"You may not publish or post other people's private information without their express authorization and permission."

Below is the image that contained Musk's name beside an email address with the address redacted:

As Gizmodo notes, Tripp found himself as an example of how quickly Twitter is capable of responding to a violation of its policies if it wants to, while the social networks CEO is doing publicity 24/7 to explain how hard it was to suspend Alex Jones. Although, as the article asks, it would be interesting to find out if Twitter is capable of evaluating violations as  quickly "when the personal information belongs to someone who's not a billionaire."

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If Tesla's PR department thought today's reported SEC subpoenas and 'formal' investigation transition by the regulator would be the worst of its problems, they got a very unpleasant surprise when Tesla whistleblower Martin Tripp started tweeting photos, internal emails, and Vehicle Identification Numbers of Model 3s that allegedly have damaged or punctured battery packs in them, and which he says are evidence of flawed manufacturing practices at Tesla's battery factory, and could put drivers' lives at risk.

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