Has there always been that one person in your life that you compete with, you want to be better than them and achieve more than what they have? Now imagine if that rivalry took place in the public eye and in front of millions of people! That’s exactly the scenario between two multi-billionaires, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk.
The two are having their biggest (and costliest!) public feud in years. If you want to know more about this ongoing battle then you are in the right place! Over the past four years, two of the world’s most elite business tycoons, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, haven’t had a private spat on a wide range of topics from rockets to robots, artificial intelligence and even political riots.
Here are five incidents where Musk outwitted the Facebook founder: No. SpaceX’s explosion cost Facebook Their satellite controversy began in September 2016 when SpaceX was conducting a test on its rocket, the Falcon 9, which cost sixty-two million dollars. During its test, the rocket accidentally exploded at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Although the blast was huge, it was not fatal. Cargo and rocket destroyed along with Facebook’s AMOS-6 satellite.
The satellite’s bandwidth was reserved by Facebook for Internet.org, an integral part of Zuckerberg’s global mission to provide Internet coverage to less developed parts of the world. It would also have been Facebook’s first satellite in orbit. Hours after the incident, Zuckerberg posted on Facebook that he was disappointed about SpaceX’s failures as it would have connected a large number of entrepreneurs and others across the continent.
However, Musk did not remain silent but also used this opportunity to make lewd remarks. Musk said, “Yeah, my fault for being an idiot. We gave them a free launch to compensate and I think they had some insurance.” number 2. Artificial intelligence causes conflict.
During a live broadcast, Zuckerberg was asked about his opinion on Musk’s fears of the development of artificial intelligence (A.I.). Musk previously stated that “A.I. is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” Zuckerberg said he understood this, but that thinking about the apocalypse was harmful to him in some aspects. Zuckerberg even said that it is quite irresponsible.
“With AI specifically, I’m really optimistic, and I think people who are negative try to drum up these doomsday scenarios,” he said. In response, Musk quickly stated on Twitter that he had spoken to Zuckerberg on the subject and that Zuckerberg’s understanding of the subject was very limited. In May 2020, Musk tweeted “Facebook sucks” as a response to Facebook’s head of artificial intelligence, who said Musk didn’t understand what AI was.
Musk blames Zuckerberg for Capitol riots After the 2021 Capitol riot, Musk posted a photo of dominoes lined up against each other and captioned it, “It’s the domino effect.” The smallest brick in front was labeled “A Website to Rate Women on Campus”, a reference to an early version of Facebook. The last domino was a tweet from the New York Times about the rioters. The picture was a meme that indicated that the riots were due to years of polarization of the public by social media websites such as Facebook and Instagram.
Tesla’s CEO also encouraged people to switch to an app called “Signal” in early 2021. He tweeted, “Use Signal.” That’s when WhatsApp announced it would change its terms of service to require users to share their personal data with Facebook, its parent company. Signal Advance Inc. Shares had gained more than six times at the end of the first day. This was enough to propel Signal Advance’s rally by more than 5,000% in three trading days, bringing its market cap to $390 million.
Cohen criticized Zuckerberg. Musk not only does not use the social networking site, but he encourages other celebrities to do the same. In early 2020, Hollywood director Sacha Baron Cohen posted an anti-Facebook tweet, calling for more regulation of Facebook. In his post, Baron Cohen asked why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was “allowed to control the information seen by 2.5 billion people,” Elon quickly responded by calling Facebook lame and suggested that Cohen remove it.
Elon Musk called Facebook “unsettling”. In 2018, when Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal was making headlines, Musk once again took to Twitter to show his disdain for Zuckerberg.
When a co-founder of WhatsApp tweeted “#deletefacebook”, Musk replied to the tweet saying, “What is Facebook?”. However, his followers were quick to point out that even though they didn’t recognize the website, Musk had a Facebook page for both SpaceX and Tesla. Elon responded by once again ridiculing the app. He tweeted that he didn’t realize those pages existed and would remove them immediately.
Shortly thereafter, Musk removed the accounts of both his high-profile companies from the website. He also deleted his Instagram after shutting down his official pages due to his association with Facebook. When asked about this, Musk responded by saying that he found the website “disturbing.”