I’m going to break this down slowly.
If someone is able to tweet that they have just deleted their Twitter account, then the account is clearly still active.
Just because the internet says it, doesn’t mean it’s true, although this is apparently a difficult concept for some people to process.
Case in point – when Elon tweeted this…
…it caused some unnecessary confusion.
The real story is in the tweets that came before this final mic drop. Elon had a very busy weekend on Twitter, reports Forbes.
Despite facing a defamation lawsuit and being censured by federal authorities about his inappropriate use of Twitter, Musk continues to double down on bizarre fights and perplex the public.
You can read more about why he isn’t allowed to tweet without legal approval here.
In since-deleted tweets, Musk refused to give credit to an artist whose work he tweeted over the weekend—even after other users asked him to.
“I wish people would stop crediting artists on twitter when any fool can find out who the artist was in seconds. It’s destroying the medium,” he tweeted.
Then on Father’s Day, Elon changed his Twitter name to “Daddy DotCom” because…reasons.
Reasons that we will probably never understand.
Let’s go over to The Verge for more on the Twitter battle.
Musk tweeted fan art of a video game character, without identifying the artist (Meli Magali, by the way). Naturally, artists and other creative types take it pretty poorly when their work is taken without acknowledgement, regardless of whether that use is legal.
Here’s the since-deleted tweet. Take note of Elon’s response to the request to give credit to the artist:
That “No” was followed by a full-blown fight about Elon’s supposed God-given right to share whatever he wants on the internet.
He’s actually lost this fight before — in that case, the dispute over was a farting unicorn design. If you want a sense of the Twitter back-and-forth, Kotaku has some screenshots.
The part of the fight that is possibly relevant for our purposes is when one of his interlocutors points out that it feels bad when someone avoids giving you credit for your work.
The user has a sore subject to use as an example: “Martin Eberhard is responsible for all of Tesla’s success.”
Martin Eberhard is a co-founder of Tesla, along with Marc Tarpenning. They founded the company in 2003. Musk then came in as an investor, ponying up $6,5 million.
After Eberhard was fired in 2007, Musk became CEO, and has been claiming founder status ever since.
Following his troll-session that included hard-hitting statements like “no one should be credited with anything ever”, Elon tweeted that he was deleting his account.
His account has not been deleted.
His account will never be deleted. Not even the threat of legal action could stop him from tweeting.
You can view it here.
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