Elon Musk is rallying his cyber army in the war against Elon Musk. The Tesla boss believes the world is out to get him. The most recent target is Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Musk has been pushing the narrative that Bill Gates is contributing to climate change by shorting shares of Tesla stock to destroy the company.
Bill Gates has gone on record as saying he has no short positions in Tesla. That has not stopped Musk from openly mocking Gates on Twitter, the very social media platform that he says suppresses his free speech. There are investigations underway into Musk’s use of Twitter to illegally boost the price of stocks and cryptocurrencies in his interest.
Musk has used his wealth, power, and charisma to bring together an army of believers who think this is a legitimate fight for freedom of speech. With their support, Musk is hoping to bypass Twitter’s “poison pill” strategy and take over the company. Part of his strategy is to market himself, a billionaire, as a hero of the common man.
Musk has been attempting to draw empathy from supporters and followers for months. The latest appeals to those who believe Twitter shadow bans voices that they do not agree with. Musk posted a tweet as a follow-up of his attempt to body shame Bill Gates that dared Twitter to “shadow ban” him.
Twitter is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Musk violated the Twitter terms of service with his post about Bill Gates. If Twitter takes action, Elon will use that to rally his fans and gain more public support. If they do nothing, Musk will simply cry about something else.
It remains to be seen if Twitter will do anything about Musk’s provocation. It’s all a game of egotistical chess in his mind. Those who run the company know exactly what Elon Musk is up to. Time will tell if they do anything to stop him.
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