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Eliran Assa

I’m now being subjected to headlines like “Elon Musk ‘deletes’ Twitter account after weird online game fan artwork scandal” as a result of apparently journalists within the Yr of Our Lord Two Thousand and Nineteen can’t wrap their brains round shitposting. In the event you can see Elon Musk’s Twitter account, he has not deleted it.

That is virtually too silly to elucidate, so I truly wasn’t going to trouble. However Bloomberg determined to make a video out of it and Mashable’s headline confused no less than considered one of my coworkers into asking me if it was true. (AP’s headline is barely higher: “Elon Musk Says He Is Deleting His Twitter Account.” It might be improved thus: “Elon Musk Tweets That He Deleted His Twitter Account.”)

Here’s what occurred: Musk acquired wild on Twitter this weekend. On Saturday, Musk tweeted fan artwork of a online game character, with out figuring out the artist (Meli Magali, by the way in which). Naturally, artists and different inventive sorts take it fairly poorly when their work is taken with out acknowledgement, no matter whether or not that use is authorized.

Musk promptly acquired right into a troll-y battle about his proper to make use of different individuals’s work with out giving them credit score. He’s truly misplaced this battle earlier than — in that case, the dispute over was a farting unicorn design. If you’d like a way of the Twitter back-and-forth, Kotaku has some screenshots. The a part of the battle that’s presumably related for our functions is when considered one of his interlocutors factors out that it feels dangerous when somebody avoids providing you with credit score to your work. The person has a sore topic to make use of for instance: “Martin Eberhard is answerable for all of Tesla’s success.”

Martin Eberhard is a co-founder of Tesla, together with Marc Tarpenning; the 2 based the corporate in 2003. Musk got here in as an investor, ponying up $6.5 million. That a lot is obvious. Musk in some unspecified time in the future took over and Eberhard was fired in 2007. Musk turned CEO of Tesla in 2008. Eberhard later sued Musk for libel and slander, alleging Musk had downplayed Eberhard’s contributions and that Musk was claiming he was a co-founder. The main points of the settlement aren’t public, although Musk and two others at the moment are thought-about co-founders of Tesla.

So Eberhard is, clearly, a degree of aggravation. And when the person introduced him up, Musk stated in a tweet that has now been deleted: “Tesla is alive despite Eberhard, however he seeks credit score consistently & fools give it him.” (Enterprise Insider has a useful screenshot of the alternate.) In case you are too nosy to your personal good — hey, sit subsequent to me — it’s possible you’ll be questioning if there was a non-disparagement clause in Musk’s settlement with Eberhard. Chances are you’ll be questioning additionally, uh did that tweet violate it, if such an settlement exists?

Anyway, following this unimaginable show, Musk deleted a bunch of his tweets, together with the one of many Magali fan artwork. Then he modified his identify to Daddy dot com. Then he introduced he had deleted Twitter, on Twitter. I’ve simply checked, once more, to verify his account exists and it does, although Musk hasn’t tweeted for — as of this writing — 14 hours since asserting the deletion. (He’s now not referring to himself as Daddy dot com, although.)

He’ll be again. He’s all the time again. Musk acquired right into a battle with a cave diver that led to a defamation swimsuit, and he hasn’t left Twitter. Musk tweeted that he was going to take his firm personal, then didn’t, and acquired in bother with the Securities and Trade Fee. Twitter dot com. Elon lives for this shit.

Let’s be clear: Elon Musk has not logged off. Elon Musk isn’t going to sign off. Stop yelling “log off” at Elon Musk’s house. He can’t hear you.

Eliran Assa