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The worst Elon Musk tweets, ranked

It is well-known that the world’s richest individual, Elon Musk, has among the world’s worst Twitter takes. What a coincidence, then, that he’s making an attempt to purchase the platform within the identify of “freedom of speech.”

Since becoming a member of Twitter in 2009, the Tesla CEO’s tweets have gotten him in hassle a number of occasions. That’s hassle in each an official capability with the courts, in addition to within the court docket of public opinion. However, he persists in tweeting out really terrible takes, and he actually needs to verify he’ll be capable to preserve doing so: Musk is providing Twitter US$41 billion to take the general public firm non-public underneath his management.

Lest Twitter overlook simply who’s providing himself up as lord and savior, Musk has repeatedly proven that he has dangerous judgment, and a foul humorousness. That is not a terrific mixture for anybody to have, not to mention a tech magnate with an viewers of 82.3 million followers who’s accountable for among the world’s most respected firms. Musk has ended up deleting most of his egregious tweets, however that did not cease them from impacting his shareholders and devotees. He takes this Twitter affect so significantly that he has stated he writes “a minimum of” half of his tweets from the bathroom.

Yep, that checks out. Listed here are Elon Musk’s worst tweets, ranked.

8. All his Tesla inventory manipulation bullsh*t

Musk has tweeted his opinions and (pretend) information about Tesla in ways in which have affected the inventory value a number of occasions. The federal government has, at occasions, discovered this habits “troublesome,” and at different occasions, unlawful. He is been fined by the SEC and even needed to step down as Tesla chairman consequently.

We’re not too fussed about the fluctuations of Tesla stock, but the tweets are awful in that they show how little regard Musk has for the law. Hope the 420 joke was price it!

7. The time he lashed out on the FAA for delaying his starship launch

Musk referred to as the regulatory physique guaranteeing the security of area flight “basically damaged” after it pressured SpaceX to delay a launch. Later, The Verge reported that SpaceX had already ignored a minimum of two security warnings from the company. That is a mood tantrum with doubtlessly disastrous penalties.

6. When he gave Kanye West’s presidential run his ‘full help’

In an election the place the results had been doubtlessly 4 extra years of Donald Trump, rapper Kanye West threw his hat into the ring shortly earlier than folks had been about to go to the polls. West had already met with Donald Trump and shared racist views at that time. After West elaborated on a few of his positions (together with calling Deliberate Parenthood a company run by white supremacists), Musk stated um truly, I believe we have now extra variations than I believed, and retracted the help.

Legally, bosses should not presupposed to intrude with employees’ selections on whether or not or to not type a union. So, in fact, after Tesla fired an worker who was partaking in office organizing, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla employees had been completely allowed to type a union — however do not they understand how dangerous unions could be for them? The Nationwide Labor Relations Board finally ordered Musk to take down the tweet.

Bear in mind when a bunch of Thai youngsters had been trapped in a cave? Naturally, that led to an Elon Musk Twitter scandal. Cave rescuer Vernon Unsworth claimed Musk’s presents to assist had been a PR stunt. Musk reacted calmly and coolly by hiring a personal investigator (with a felony document) to look into Unsworth, baselessly accusing Unsworth of being a pedophile to BuzzFeed Information, and tweeting that Unsworth was a “pedo man.”

Unsworth sued for defamation, but Musk ultimately won the suitable to insult folks on-line with a authorized protection that “pedo man” was only a generic insult, not a literal accusation.

Elon Musk managed to show he by no means took an HR office harassment coaching with an insulting joke about ladies’s math skills and boobs.

Wouldn’t you just love to be a female Tesla or SpaceX employee with a boss like that?

The coronavirus pandemic has not been a great time for Musk’s Twitter takes. At the beginning of the pandemic, he wrongly predicted that it was no massive deal, after which additionally unfold pandemic misinformation about testing when he ended up contracting Covid.

He also decided to defy government safety laws, and tweeted about opening Tesla again up for enterprise. Most not too long ago, he criticized the Canadian authorities’s security measures that impressed the trucker boycott through the use of a Hitler meme. How might one man, with a lot energy, get this one so insultingly, dangerously mistaken.

1. Making an attempt to purchase Twitter… by way of tweet

Elon Musk has styled himself a free speech warrior, and is making an attempt to go on a campaign within the identify of free speech (that no person needs) by shopping for Twitter itself.

Musk posted a Twitter ballot that allowed him to conclude that Twitter has a free speech drawback. He then acquired a majority stake within the firm in a manner that consultants say illegally netted him US$156 million by not correctly disclosing his inventory purchases.

After he did not end up getting on the Twitter board, Musk made an offer to buy Twitter — which he made on Twitter itself. All this has done is put Musk in the spotlight, and stir up the non-existent controversy round social media moderation.

Truly, the man’s hubris knows no bounds.

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