Elon Musk, Twitter’s Favorite Tweeter, Is ‘Going Offline’

As the Tesla exec takes a breather, a look back at his turbulent history on the platform
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Billionaire funboy and space pioneer Elon Musk seems to have announced this morning that he’s leaving or at least taking a break from his favorite/most hated social media site.

In a rapid-fire tweet burst, the Tesla CEO posted, “Not sure about the good of Twitter,” “Going offline,” and “Reddit still seems good.”

Last we checked, his page was still operational, though his profile pic was blacked out and a search for his Twitter presence brought up his certified page under the handle “Treelon” (he recently pledged to donate $1 million to a campaign that’s set out to plant 20 million trees; Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey followed suit and donated a big chunk of change).

The mercurial magnate gave no indication as to why Twitter’s got him miffed, but it’s certainly been a source of trouble for Musk over the years, due entirely to his own actions.

Last August, the Securities and Exchange Commission fined him $20 million and forced him to step down as Tesla’s chairman when he tweeted some interesting and wholly unsubstantiated news about his company’s financial status.

In the wake of that mischief, Robert Jackson, one of the SEC’s four commissioners, said this summer that, “the agency should consider publishing new guidance on chief executives’ use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, in the wake of controversies involving Tesla founder Elon Musk.”

In July 2018, Musk called one of the rescuers of 12 Thai kids lost in a cave “pedo guy” in a since-deleted tweet. When someone challenged him on that claim, Musk responded, “You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me?”

In fact, the offended rescuer did bring a $75,000 defamation suit against Musk in Los Angeles this May.

Musk doesn’t just discuss matters of finance and pedophilia in his tweet fugues. There’s also bestiality.

And punning.

OK, Musk didn’t write that caption himself, but he could have, since got really high with Joe Rogan on that episode.

Twitter also allowed Musk to quickly put his own deeply weird, though strangely positive, spin on the situation when one of his visionary gadgets failed to perform, like when a Model S on autopilot smashed into a fire engine in 2018.

And then there were the times when the man was just being helpful and informative.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/971224396890124288?s=20

Just the other day, before Twitter inexplicably broke his heart, Musk hit the platform to channel ’80s David Letterman.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1190094817084051456?s=20

Of course, he’s probably just trolling the world again.

Musk’s indeterminate departure must be a bummer for Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has named Musk as among his favorite personalities on the platform. In February Dorsey said, “To me personally? I like how @elonmusk uses Twitter. He’s focused on solving existential problems and sharing his thinking openly. I respect that a lot, and all the ups and downs that come with it.” Dorsey has come under fire for banning political ads on the platform.


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