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Why Has Elon Musk Stopped Tweeting?

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Why Has Elon Musk Stopped Tweeting?

Elon Musk is a 51 year old entrepreneur from South Africa, and is most famous for launching the companies Tesla and SpaceX, which have made him the richest man on earth since 2021. 

Musk has had countless successful business ventures in his time. For example, SpaceX was the first ever company to launch a commercial space flight.

In 1999 Musk set up bank X.com, an online financial services/payments company, which merged with Confinity in 2000 to create PayPal.

eBay then bought PayPal in 2002 for $2.1 billion, earning Musk a personal fortune of $247 million.

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Other notable companies the billionaire has founded include, Neuralink, The Boring Company, and SolarCity.

One of his more recent exploits is trying to become the primary shareholder of social media giant, twitter, which brings us on to the big question: Why Has Elon Musk Stopped Tweeting?

Why Has Elon Musk Stopped Tweeting?

Despite having over 100 million twitter followers, the billionaire has strangely gone silent on the social media platform.

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One theory to why this has occurred stems from a recent open letter from SpaceX employees criticising Elon Musk for using twitter too much.

The letter, which is titled ‘An open letter to the Executives of SpaceX’, has called out the company founder for being a “distraction and embarrassment” to the corporation. 

The document goes on to say “Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.”

“As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company.”

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Up until 16 June, the day the letter appeared, Musk averaged around 145 tweets and retweets per week, or about 21 per day.

Since then his twitter interactions slowly petered out until the 21st June when he abandoned posting on the platform whatsoever. 

This is not the first time Elon Musk has taken a break from twitter, however he is usually only absent for around a few days, making his current silence a new record.

This all seems rather peculiar given that Musk is in the process of buying the service he’s disappeared from, for an eye watering $44 billion.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Elon Musk, Twitter, SpaceX, Tesla

Will Carrick Buchanan
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