Elon Musk promises he’ll stop talking nonsense

Will the American entrepreneur stop letting himself go on social networks? This is what the interested party seems to suggest on Twitter. But it will be necessary to judge on parts.

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On Twitter and elsewhere, Elon Musk is a regular at extravagant, sometimes controversial, unfiltered and unrestrained speeches. With 100 million Internet users who follow his news on the social network, the American entrepreneur publishes a lot, often trolls and shares memes to express his point of view. By forgetting, knowingly or not, that the public postures he adopts can have strong repercussions, given the place he occupies on the web and within several large companies.

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Elon Musk has staged a lot, in the media as well as on social networks. // Source: Numerama editing

This very singular attitude, which is not found anywhere else at this level of responsibility (no other leader behaves in this way: this way of doing things is usually specific to Internet users who have little visibility on the net and who use a pseudonym rather than their real identity), has long been Elon Musk’s signature. But in the future, this behavior may well be history.

“The amount of attention on me has gone supernova”

In any case, this is what seems to emerge froma message posted on Twitter July 26 by the person concerned. Indeed, Elon Musk notes that “ the amount of attention on me has gone supernova, which is super lame. Unfortunately, even trivial articles about me get a lot of clicks 🙁 “. And to add right after that he will try ” to do [s]we better stay head down and [s]e concentrate on things useful to civilization. »

What he intends to do for things useful to civilization is not specified – we guess at the very least that he will continue to pilot the companies he controls, whether it be Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink or The Boring Company. It is not clear, for example, whether doing things useful to civilization encompasses the question of solving world hunger: this question had agitated Twitter during a remarkable exchange between Elon Musk and the director of the Food Program of the UN.

Given Elon Musk’s long history of public statements and the obvious attachment that the American entrepreneur has for Twitter, his message can only be received with great caution. Will he, therefore, publish less on the social network? This could be a start to reduce the production of subjects concerning him and which he considers insignificant. If truth be told, his pranks, excesses, and slip-ups are so common that they fuel the idea that if you really followed Twitter’s anti-harassment rules, you’d have to ban Elon Musk from Twitter.

I am an impulsive person. And I’m not really trying to put on the costume of the perfect CEO “, he said in 2018. But maybe he can at least put on the clothes of a more moderate CEO, by letting go of Twitter a little.

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