Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, is also frequently in the news because of his erratic comments on Twitter.
Here are 10 of Musk's most infamous tweets.
After Musk tweeted that Tesla stock prices were too high, the price dropped nearly ten percent. '
On August 7, 2018, Elon Musk tweeted that he would take Tesla private, with shares costing $420. Musk’s announcement sent investors into a worried frenzy for two weeks, until Tesla announced, again on Twitter, that it would stay private.
In 2019, Musk tweeted “Nuke Mars!” Musk explained that the tweet referred to detonating nuclear explosions to create enough heat to release water from Mars’s ice caps. His terraforming dreams have not faded.
Against California stay-at-home orders to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, Musk tweeted that he would reopen his Tesla factory in Alameda County. As of May 21, he has not yet been arrested.
In December 2016, Musk tweeted about building a “tunnel boring machine.” In the weeks after tweeting, he officially established the Boring Company, to increase transportation capacities in cities.
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Although Elon Musk claimed to have gotten approval from the US government for his hyperloop project, federal, state,and local officials said that verbal agreements do not count.
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The name of Elon Musk’s and Grimes’s new child shook the internet. Debate raged about the meaning of the name. According to California law, the name might not even be legal.
In May 2018, Musk tweeted about creating a site to judge the credibility of any given publication or journalist. The tweet seemed to be in response to bad coverage about Tesla production delays and crashes involving his autopilot technology.
In a now-deleted Tweet, the billionaire lashed out at a British diver who rescued a coach and 12 students from a cave in Thailand, calling him a “pedo.” The diver, Vernon Unsworth, sued Musk for defamation and lost.