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A Brief History of Elon Musk’s Chaotic Tweets

A Brief History of Elon Musk’s Chaotic Tweets

Amidst all the commotion surrounding the edit button on Twitter, Elon Musk, had decided to buy shares in the company and join the board. He stepped down only to buy the whole of Twitter two days ago for $44 billion. The mega-billionaire, who is also now the wealthiest person in the world, has tweeted his plans of purchasing another company — Coca Cola, the reason being:

Cocaine was legal in 1885 when John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, first brewed the drink. His recipe included a cocaine extract from coca leaves. He described the drink as a “patent medicine” and “brain tonic and intellectual beverage.”

The tweet is now the second most liked tweet ever, only after the announcement of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman’s death. Musk’s Coca Cola tweet surpassed former American President Barack Obama’s tweet about racism.

Twitter remains, to this day, one of the most political social media platforms. Even before his proprietorship, Musk had a massive influence on Twitter with an alarming 87.4 million followers on his account. As active a tweeter as he is, Musk has now gained a larger hold on American and Global politics. He had also said in a letter to the board that Twitter is “the platform for free speech around the world” but cannot achieve this “societal imperative” in its current form and “needs to be transformed as a private company”. Critics are sceptical about what this ownership could entail; what is the extent to which users can exercise freedom of speech on the platform?

Indians are even worried about Parag Agarwal’s future as the CEO of Twitter, with netizens joking that ‘he should’ve joined TCS instead’. 

Communicating with the younger generation is probably more convenient in the form of memes but with a following that large and impressionable, Musk ought to think twice about the impact his “funny” tweets may have on political opinions and essentially, policy making. Here are a few chaotic (irresponsible) Elon Musk tweets that have people torn on whether or not his acquisition is a great idea for the platform:

The Covid Rants

This tweet that led to the harassment of a Twitter executive

This Tweet about the Taliban

Mocking Socialism

His impact on Stock prices

Buying McDonald’s

This Tweet

 

 

 

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