Immature Elon Musk Picks A Fight With A US Senator….. Which Will Not End Well For Elon Musk

Yesterday I wrote a story on US Senator Ed Markey wanting answers from Elon Musk about the Twitter Blue debacle. Specifically, why Elon Musk did nothing to stop people from impersonating major brands and famous people. In that story I said this:

Now Elon can try to ignore this. But that would not be a good idea as all that will likely result is him being hauled in front of Congress where he will have to answer questions. And trying to blow that off will not end well for him. Thus I hope for his sake that Elon is drafting answers for Senator Markey that are comprehensive and detailed. Otherwise it’s not going to end well for him.

The good news is he is not ignoring this. The bad news is that Musk has decided to pick a fight with this senator. Via a reader:

Really Elon? You’re really going to tempt fate by being so juvenile? Because if you do, it’s going to be highly likely that any number of bad things will happen to you. Such as fines, investigations, congressional hearings, etc. None of which is a good look on you.

Oh wait, it appears that we might be heading down that road.

What Senator Markey is talking about is this:

  • Twitter is subject to a FTC consent decree that stems from begin caught using the security phone numbers users to target ads to said users.
  • Tesla is being investigated by the NHTSA for it’s autopilot software and how it works. This same senator has said “every day that Tesla disregards safety rules and misleads the public about its ‘Autopilot’ system, our roads become more dangerous.”

The fact is that Elon isn’t in a good place here. His immature behaviour is only going to result in him being put under so much scrutiny by congress and others that he going to wish that he would rather be in a proctology exam. It’s also going to send more of Twitters advertisers heading to the exits because nobody wants to be associated with this train wreck that Elon has created nor do they want to be associated with his immature behaviour. Finally users will continue to migrate to Mastodon and other places to avoid the hellscape that Twitter has become under immature Elon Musk. And all of that will not only kill Twitter, but it will start to negatively affect Tesla and SpaceX. The thing is, this is what you get when you have a guy who has the maturity of an adolescent at best running multi-billon dollar companies. Musk seriously needs to get his act together or find others to be his adults in the room. But I suspect that we’re way past that and we’re in the endgame for Twitter for sure, but maybe we’re also in the endgame for Tesla and SpaceX as well.

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