Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter for $43 billion, but some of his controversial or provocative tweets have gotten him into trouble in the past. Here are some of his worst tweets on the platform.
After buying 73,486,938 shares of Twitter for almost $3 billion, Elon Musk last week announced his intention to buy Twitter. He proposes $43 billion settled in cash to appropriate the social network to the blue bird. Coincidence or not, Elon Musk is also well known for his controversial tweets for several years. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX would have deleted his tweets which criticize the social network during the weekend.
Since joining Twitter in 2009, the soon-to-be-trillionaire businessman has repeatedly gotten himself into trouble over his tweets. In 2019, for example, he was accused of contempt of court for giving information about Tesla’s activities without obtaining authorization to do so. Elon Musk has never stopped post controversial tweets and he intends to continue if he buys Twitter. Elon Musk’s main motivation behind the takeover of Twitter is to create a platform where freedom of expression and inclusiveness reign. In the meantime, here are some of his worst tweets.
His tweets that manipulated Tesla’s stock price
With 82.3 million followers, Elon Musk’s tweets are unlikely to go unnoticed. Several of his tweets about Tesla, some of which were fake news, have already impacted the stock price. In 2018, an investigation was launched by the SEC, the US federal financial markets regulator and supervisor, into tweets that inflated the stock price.
Elon Musk hit out at FAA for delaying Starship launch
In January 2021, Elon Musk attacked the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) which had delayed takeoff of Starship, SpaceX’s spacecraft. The company’s CEO had tweeted that: unlike its aerospace division which is fine, the FAA’s space division has a fundamentally broken regulatory structure “. In any case, Starship should take off in May for its first orbital flight if all goes according to plan.
His anti-union tweet
Following the pro-union Tesla employee fired, Elon Musk had tweeted that employees of the automaker were allowed to form a union. ” Nothing prevents the Tesla team at our car factory from voting for a union. They could do it tomorrow if they wanted to. But why pay union dues and give up stock options for nothing? “, he had tweeted. The National Labor Relations Board, which investigates illegal practices in the world of work, ordered him to delete this tweet.
His support of Kanye West’s presidential campaign
On July 5, 2020, rapper Kanye West who supports Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the US presidential elections. Elon Musk replied on Twitter that: ” you have my full support “. A few days later, Elon Musk reversed his decision. ” We might have more differences of opinion than I anticipated “, he had tweeted.
The scandal of the pedophile rescuer
Elon Musk had created a scandal on Twitter when Thai children were trapped in a cave in 2018. He notably insulted one of the speleologists of ” pedophile ” on Twitter. The 12 children were saved and Elon Musk publicly apologized on the social network.
His sexist joke
In October 2021, Elon Musk made a sexist joke on Twitter which sparked controversy. He announced that he wanted to create a new university which would be called Texas Institute of Technology & Science or TITS. It means “breasts” in English.
The Covid-19 pandemic
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Elon Musk incorrectly claimed that it was not something serious. A few months later, he questioned the legitimacy of screening tests. He ended up contracting the coronavirus.
The Twitter takeover started with a poll
Before becoming the first shareholder of Twitter, Elon Musk had posted a survey on his account. ” Freedom of expression is essential to the functioning of a democracy. Do you think Twitter strictly adheres to this principle? he asked his community. Out of 2,035,924 votes, 70.4% of Internet users believe that Twitter has a problem with freedom of expression.
Then, after refusing a place to the management, Elon Musk shared his takeover offer from Twitter on Twitter.