Elon Musk’s WhatsApp attack isn’t his first argument with Mark Zuckerberg

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Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have been arguing for over four years on different topics such as artificial intelligence and missiles.

The two moguls don’t keep their rivalry a secret either: When a SpaceX rocket explosion destroyed a Facebook satellite in 2016, Zuckerberg made a heated statement saying he was “deeply disappointed” with the failure of SpaceX. And when Facebook became involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Musk publicly deleted his company’s Facebook pages and tweeted that Facebook had “scared him very much”.

The two billionaires are among the richest people on the planet. Although both deal with artificial intelligence and their companies have worked together time and again in the past, it seems that Musk and Zuckerberg are no longer great friends.

The SpaceX rocket explosion

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In September 2016, SpaceX tested its Falcon 9 rocket at the launch site in Cape Canaveral. Shortly after 9 a.m., the rocket exploded, destroying Facebook’s AMOS-6 satellite, which the rocket was supposed to launch into space.

The satellite was part of Facebook’s project to provide Internet connectivity to developing countries and would have been Facebook’s first satellite in orbit.

Zuckerberg seemed openly frustrated that the launch had failed, and wrote on Facebook that he was “deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite, which would have enabled connectivity for so many businesses and people on the continent “.

Two years later, Musk also made a statement Tweet about the unsuccessful start: “Yeah, it’s my fault for being an idiot. We gave them (Facebook) a free start to make up for that and I think they had insurance. “

In 2017, the two argued about artificial intelligence

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During a live broadcast on Facebook, a viewer asked Zuckerberg for his thoughts on Musk’s fears about AI.

“I have a pretty strong opinion on this,” Zuckerberg said. “I’m particularly optimistic about AI and I think these people are trying to conjure up doomsday scenarios … I don’t get it. It’s really negative and in some ways actually pretty irresponsible. “

Musk, who has repeatedly called for regulation and caution with the new AI technology, shot back on Twitter.

“I spoke to Mark about it,” he replied to a tweet about Zuckerberg’s comments. “His understanding is limited.”

In 2018, Musk deleted the Tesla page on Facebook

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After WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton tweeted, “It’s time. #Deletefacebook “, Musk replied:” What is Facebook? “

A fan replied to Musk’s tweet and asked if he would delete the SpaceX Facebook page. Musk replied, “I didn’t know there was one.”

After another fan pointed out that Tesla also had a Facebook page, tweeted Muskthat she “looks lame anyway”.

Soon after, both the SpaceX and Tesla pages disappeared from Facebook. Musk said it wasn’t a “political statement,” he just found Facebook worrying.

In 2020 the feud between Musk and Zuckerberg went into the next round

In response to one Tweet from actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who campaigned for more regulation of Facebook, Musk again urged people to delete the app.

After the riots at the US Capitol in Washington, Musk shared memes on Twitter that linked the incident to Facebook

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On the evening of the Washington riot, Musk tweeted, “This is called the domino effect,” along with a picture of dominoes, the first being called the “Campus Women Assessment Site,” a reference to Facebook’s creation during the Zuckerbergs Time at Harvard University.

Musk also criticized Facebook’s data sharing practices and tweeted another meme on Facebook allegedly showing how the company “spied on” its users.

Musk tweeted that people should use the encrypted Messenger Signal. His tweet was also shared by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

This article was translated from English by Klemens Handke. You can find the original here.


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