Recently Tesla acquired an engineer from Snap. Bowers job at Snap was monetization engineering involved the social media company's advertising system. Tesla said he would work on "Autopilot". and other projects as well.
Could some of the "other projects" be working with fake news outlets and hacks to promote Tesla, censor, slander, harass, stalk, and threaten critics and safety advocates of Tesla? Since Tesla doesn't have formal proper advertising, it seems to use fake news sites, hacks, shills, censorship, subversion of critics and other evil tactics as an illicit under the table behind the doors illegitimate advertising campaign.
Not so much data hacking, but more "social engineering" that might be disguised/touted as public relations. A strategy of using fake news and social media to promote, and sell products/shill, demonize and subvert competition and critics. To nefariously try to manipulate public opinion for monetary gain/greed.
I get the impression that fake news sites, Tesla forums, comments and other forms of social media are being manipulated by human versions of spambots (shills, strawmen, spies, subversives, liars, slanders, hacks, bullies, etc.)
I even get the impression there are some forms of data hacking also. I notice a lot of the Elon Musk approved fake news websites; tend to use a lot more resources and light up firewalls much more than legitimate news sites. It's as if Elon Musk's fake news sites that he praises as "Pravda" is trying to access and attack web surfers, especially when the web surfers express skepticism or criticism of Tesla on comments.
I suspect Tesla has many "social engineers" and an army of human spambots. Many of them seem to be working from the same script, seem to have multiple identities, and seem to use software to change the scripted response to try to prevent spam detection.
A modern capitalistic version of Cold War Soviet bloc Pravda style brainwashing.