Elon Musk mocks Mark Zuckerberg, referring to him as the “Sun King” because of his entire control over Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram; he also promises to open up Twitter to the public if his $43 billion buyout is granted.

Elon Musk attacked fellow billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, stating he has too much influence over his social media businesses and referring to him as “Zuckerberg the 14th,” a play on the Sun King.
Musk, 50, was in Vancouver for the TED conference when he was asked about his ambitions to buy Twitter, which he disclosed earlier that morning. Musk, who lodged a $43 billion bid to take the company private on Thursday, was asked about his plans to buy Twitter, which he confirmed earlier that morning.

He claimed that it was a bid to safeguard democracy and promote freedom of speech, not a ploy to gain money.

When asked what he would say to detractors who argue that having the world’s richest man oversee such a powerful platform may be hazardous, Musk said he intended to make it more open, not more restricted.

‘As far as media ownership goes, you’ve got Mark Zuckerberg owning Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and with a share ownership structure that will keep Mark Zuckerberg the 14th in charge of those organizations,’ Musk added, referring to Louis 14th, the all-powerful ‘Sun King.’

Musk said, ‘Like, literally.’

‘At Twitter, we don’t do that.’

Rather than dominating Twitter himself, Musk stated that he intended to keep as many stockholders as possible. He owns 9.1% of Twitter at the moment. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta, is owned by Zuckerberg, who owns 12.8 percent of the corporation.

Musk also stated that, unlike Zuckerberg, he preferred to encourage freedom of speech rather than engage in media control.

‘Let the speech exist if in question,’ Musk remarked.

‘If it’s a bit of a gray area, I’d suggest leave the tweet alone.’

‘I’m not saying I have all the solutions here, but I do believe we should be very hesitant to delete anything,’ he continued. Also, permanent prohibitions should be approached with caution. I believe that timeouts are preferable to permanent bans.’

He further stated that if his $41 billion offer is rejected, he has a “Plan B.”

‘Having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive, in my strong instinctive feeling, is crucial to the future of civilization,’ he said.

This isn’t the first time Musk and Zuckerberg have clashed.

Musk has previously tweeted that people should ‘#DeleteFacebook,’ accused the corporation of’spying’ on users, and blamed it for inciting the January 6 uprising.

Musk confessed on Thursday that he had no idea if his offer for Twitter would succeed.

‘I’m not sure I’ll be able to get it,’ he admitted to the Vancouver audience.

‘I could theoretically afford it, but this is not a viable business model.’

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