UNITED STATES – If Elon Musk plans to bring back the “maximum fun” on Twitter, not sure he intended it to come at his expense. Since he bought the social network, the billionaire has not missed an opportunity to defend his projects for the platform and his vision of freedom of expression.
However, he fell on a bone on Friday April 29, or rather on a renowned user of the social network in the United States: the elected Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, expert in online repartee and communication on social networks, with a Twitter account which has 12.9 million subscribers.
“Tired of being under the collective stress of a potential explosion of hate crimes because an ego-troubled billionaire has unilateral control over a huge communications platform and does whatever it takes because Tucker Carlson and Peter Thiel took him to dinner and he felt special”, posted the one who is nicknamed “AOC”.
Among the references to understand this message: “hate crimes”, which may concern abuses caused by hateful or illegal messages posted on social networks; Tucker Carlson, a Fox News anchor and figure on the American conservative right; and Peter Thiel, a billionaire among the founders of Paypal and known supporter of Donald Trump after denouncing Silicon Valley’s “groupthink”.
“Stop flirting with me”
A tweet and an atmosphere that did not leave Elon Musk indifferent, even though he is also a figure in Silicon Valley from where he already runs SpaceX and Tesla. To the point where he replied to AOC’s message in an ambiguous way: “Stop flirting with me, I’m very shy”.
Except that ‘Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez immediately replied that she was not talking about him but … about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, also regularly entangled in questions of moderation of social networks.
“I was talking about Zuckerberg but ok” she wrote to Elon Musk. Because it turns out that Mark Zuckerberg indeed had dinner with Peter Thiel (who was on the Facebook board of directors until recently), Tucker Carlson but also Donald Trump, during an evening at the White House in 2019.
Was the wording of the first message a pot of honey intended to trap Elon Musk, when the latter uses his Twitter account very regularly these days? We’ll never know, but AOC then quickly deleted their response referring to Mark Zuckerberg. She has explained then to a user who asked him why: “I try (when I can) to avoid giving people who have massive ego issues like this attention and responses on Twitter that they are dying”.
This did not prevent AOC from returning to the charge on Saturday April 30 by reposting this surreal dialogue with Elon Musk, accompanied by a comment: ”🤷🏽♀️ as I told you, ego problems”.
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