Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg cage fight: In an unexpected escalation of their ongoing rivalry, tech titans have thrown down the gauntlet, challenging each other to a cage fight. This surprising development has emerged amidst a brewing conflict between their respective companies, Twitter and Meta Platforms.
The feud ignited when Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, hinted at launching a social media platform that could potentially rival Twitter. Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the new owner of Twitter, which he acquired for a staggering $44 billion last October, did not take this lightly.
In a classic Musk move, the tech billionaire took to Twitter to troll Zuckerberg, stating, “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.”
Zuckerberg, not one to back down, responded on his Instagram with a screenshot of Musk’s message and a simple reply: “Send me location,” as reported by AFP. Meta confirmed that the response indeed came from Zuckerberg.
Interestingly, Zuckerberg has been sharing videos of his jiu-jitsu training sessions recently, adding a layer of intrigue to this challenge. The rivalry between Musk and Zuckerberg is not new; the two have publicly disagreed on various issues, including AI, in the past.
Under Musk’s leadership, Twitter has been grappling with its own set of challenges. The platform has seen a significant exodus of advertisers following Musk’s decision to allow previously banned right-wing commentators to return. Additionally, Musk’s decision to lay off more than half of the staff in his initial weeks as CEO, only to rehire some after realizing their importance, has also raised eyebrows.
The layoffs primarily affected product managers, data scientists, and engineers who worked on machine learning and site reliability – roles crucial to keeping the platform’s features functional. The monetization-infrastructure team, responsible for maintaining the services that generate revenue for Twitter, was reduced from 30 to fewer than eight people.
Musk’s management style has also come under scrutiny following reports of unpaid rent and disputes with landlords over the company’s offices. Despite these challenges, Musk remains a formidable figure in the tech industry, known for his unconventional approach and willingness to take risks.
This proposed cage fight between Musk and Zuckerberg is not the first time business disputes have been suggested to be settled in the ring. In 1992, the CEOs of Southwest Airlines and Steven Aviations resolved a trademark dispute with an arm-wrestling competition dubbed “Malice in Dallas.”
As the news broke, Tesla’s stock was down 3.3% premarket, while Meta was down 0.7%. Tesla experienced its most significant slide in two months on Wednesday following a downgrade from Barclays.
As the tech world watches this unusual challenge unfold, it remains to be seen whether this cage fight will materialize or if it’s just another chapter in the ongoing saga of tech billionaires’ rivalry. Regardless, the Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg cage fight has certainly captured the world’s attention.
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