Twitter Lock Elon Musk's Account After Series Of Bizarre Tweets
Elon Musk is no stranger to a bit of Twitter trouble, both major and relatively minor.
At the major end of the scale, the business mogul managed to land himself a $20 million (£15.46 million) fine and was forced to stand down as chairman of Tesla after causing chaos in the stock market with a misleading tweet.
At the relatively minor end, he incited fury from legions of Fortnite fans after sharing a fake headline which reported that he had bought the game and deleted it 'to save these kids from eternal virginity'.
... And this is just in the past few weeks.
Now the controversial billionaire claims Twitter temporarily blocked his account because they suspected he had been hacked, following a series of unusual tweets.
At the surface, the tweets seem pretty innocent, though undeniably unusual.
On Monday, Musk tweeted the short message, "I <3 anime". The tweet was liked more than 400,000 times, with countless anime fans coming out of the woodwork in the comments to show their shared appreciation of the Japanese animations.
Musk then shared a tweet claiming he owned a wolverine, a 'chibi' wolverine to be precise - which means 'short' in Japanese slang.
Sticking to the theme, Musk sealed the weird deal by sharing an anime image with the message, "Wanna buy some Bitcoin?"
Wanna buy some Bitcoin? :wink::wink: pic.twitter.com/9ZbBJ5fuVq- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018
Evidently, this was just too much of a red flag for the powers that be, with Musk claiming his account was subsequently locked.
Musk tweeted: "Twitter thought I got hacked & locked my account haha"
Twitter thought I got hacked & locked my account haha- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 23, 2018
Numerous fake accounts have previously used pictures of the 47-year-old as a means of promoting online currency scams. However, as one Twitter user pointed out, Musk seems to have rendered such accounts untenable.
They said: "Who needs troll accounts when you are your own troll account?"
Another user jokingly highlighted the common scam in the comments.
They said: "Yeah man if you change your twitter name to Elon Musk you get locked lol u didn't know?"
The SpaceX founder has previously expressed his annoyance with crypotcurrency spam scammers and a Twitter spokesman told the BBC they were cracking down on such accounts. However, they refused to comment on the reported locking of Musk's account.
They said: "For privacy and security reasons, we don't comment on individual accounts.
"We are proactively tackling so-called cryptocurrency scams on the platform. In the last week alone, user impressions have fallen by a multiple of 10, a significant improvement on previous action rates."
Since his account was reportedly locked, Musk has only shared a few harmless Tesla-related tweets... how long the peace lasts remains to be seen.
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