With his takeover of Twitter inflicting controversy, the world’s richest particular person has responded to claims of getting an “ego problem”.
Elon Musk had a weird response to a US politician who he thought was slamming the billionaire for having an “ego problem” and claiming his buy of Twitter had brought on “an explosion of hate crimes”.
The SpaceX founder urged outstanding Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to “stop hitting” on him in response to her blistering tweet.
“Tired of having to collectively stress about what explosion of hate crimes is happening bc some billionaire with an ego problem unilaterally controls a massive communication platform and skews it because Tucker Carlson or Peter Thiel took him to dinner and made him feel special,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
The excessive profile progressive was referring to Fox News host Tucker Carlson and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.
Musk, the world’s richest particular person, had his $A61.4 billion ($US44 billion) provide to buy Twitter was accepted on Monday.
Despite Musk by no means being named within the tweet, he was fast to reply to her dig apparently acknowledging himself because the billionaire with the “ego problem”.
“Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy,’ he tweeted, adding a blushing emoji.
The Tesla founder has a net worth of $US249 billion ($A353 billion), according to Bloomberg.
But Ocasio-Cortez said she wasn’t referring to Musk. “I was talking about Zuckerberg but ok,” she shot again.
Mark Zuckerberg is Facebook’s founder, who has an estimated wealth of $US74 billion ($A105 billion), in line with Bloomberg.
However, the US politician then deleted her response to Musk a couple of minute later.
Ocasio-Cortez later followed-up on Saturday additional mocking the brand new proprietor of the social media large tweeting: “Like I said, ego problems”, and posting a display screen shot of her earlier tweet.
She added in one other submit to a person that described her response to Musk as “epic” that she deleted the tweet as a result of “I try to avoid giving people with massive ego complexes like this the attention and QTs/replies they crave and are seeking (when I can help it)”.
Many Twitter customers had been fast to criticise Musk after the change.
“This website is free, unless you’re Musk, in which case it costs $44 billion and a bruised ego,” one wrote.
Leaked inside communications from Twitter reveal staff on the social media platform are overtaken by despair and anger about Elon Musk’s month-long effort to accumulate the corporate.
In an announcement on Tuesday, Musk mentioned he desires “to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans”, including that the platform has “tremendous potential”.
He has additionally mentioned he desires to champion freedom of speech, however critics say he has a troubled historical past with reality.
His staff should signal gag orders to get their jobs. He lashes out – verbally and legally – at his critics.
Media publications and even particular person journalists are amongst his favorite targets – particularly once they dare analyse his efficiency or behaviour.
“In reality, Twitter being owned by one person, some of whose own tweets have been false, sexist, market-moving and arguably defamatory poses a risk to the platform’s future,” argued University of Canberra social scientists John Hawkins and Michael Walsh.
Musk has till October to finish the Twitter takeover.