‘There’s no way to make everyone happy’: In a batik shirt and lit by candles, a disembodied Elon Musk appears at the top via video link to laugh at the Twitter chaos and explain why tunnels instead of flying cars are driving the congestion will beat
- Elon Musk appeared on Monday for a business summit in Bali
- His disembodied body loomed over an audience via video link
- He said he was struck by a power outage and was lit by candles
- And he shed light on the criticism he is getting for his management of Twitter
- “There’s no way to make everyone happy, that’s for sure,” he said
- He also explained why tunnels instead of flying cars would beat congestion
Elon Musk may be the richest man in the world, but when he appeared via video link to a business conference in Indonesia, he admitted he was sitting in the dark, lit by candles after a power outage.
“Really, we had a power outage just three minutes earlier,” he said, his disembodied face looming over the B20 crowd in Bali.
“That’s why I’m so bizarrely in the dark.”
Organizers said he canceled his trip to the island at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict.
Instead, he used a video link to discuss his Twitter issues, Tesla, and why tunnels are a better solution to congestion than flying cars.
He was asked what it felt like to have become a media mogul and referred to the furious reactions to his act as a Twitter owner so far.
“It’s a little uncomfortable,” he admitted.
“Twitter is a kind of media, but it’s not really media. It is a medium as opposed to media.
“But I mean, there’s no way to make everyone happy, that’s for sure.”
Elon Musk addressed the B20 summit in Bali on Monday – but said he was hit by a power outage before going live, much to the amusement of his audience
Musk has been subject to an avalanche of criticism since completing the $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform.
He fired much of his full-time staff by email shortly after the deal was closed, then fired thousands of contractors, eroding teams fighting disinformation.
He also introduced an $8 subscription service to the platform’s blue ticks, but had to suspend it after a slew of impostors appeared — including some posing as him or his products.
On Monday, he addressed delegates ahead of the B20 summit, which aims to bring together business and world leaders ahead of the Group of 20 meeting that begins Tuesday in the tropical island.
He was wearing a batik shirt sent in by the organizers.
Musk said he would have liked to attend the conference in person.
“I mean, that sounds great,” he said. “But you know, my workload has increased quite a bit lately.
‘I have too much work on my plate.
The B20 summit will take place on the sidelines at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia
Musk has been subject to violent criticism for his management of Twitter
Musk laughed off criticism of his leadership when asked about Twitter on Monday
The 51-year-old mogul was also asked what he was up to next.
“Twitter definitely needs a lot more video,” he said. “And it’s kind of a no-brainer to allow for longer videos and also to allow content creators to make a living from content they submit to Twitter.
“Twitter really needs to give a revenue share to content creators so they can make a living, create content, and have that content on Twitter.”
The Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company also discussed solutions to congestion and explained why tunnels were better than flying cars.
“I think flying cars … due to the fact that they generate a lot of noise and a lot of wind and there is always a chance that they will fall in your head,” he said. ‘And it certainly wouldn’t be good for privacy if flying cars were constantly flying over your house, tunnels don’t suffer from that.’
But for now, his board is full of Twitter and his controversies
The Federal Trade Commission has warned it is following recent developments on Twitter “with concern,” and one of the company’s lawyers wrote on an internal message board that the social network could face billions in fines for violations of the consent decree with the US agency.
Previously, he kept a stream of tweets announcing upcoming features and apologizing for slow speeds in some countries.
“Rolling out soon, Twitter will allow organizations to identify which other Twitter accounts are actually linked to them,” he said in another tweet.
TIMELINE OF ELON MUSK’S CHAOTIC ATTEMPT TO TAKE OVER TWITTER
April 2: Musk announces he owns 9.2 percent of the company, making him the largest shareholder
April 14: Musk offers to take Twitter private for $54.20 a share, valuing the company at $44 billion
April 25: Twitter accepts offer from Musk
April 29: Musk sells $8 billion in Tesla stock to fund deal
13 May: Musk says Twitter deal on hold pending bot account review
May 26Musk is being sued by Twitter for share manipulation during takeover
8 July: Musk says he is pulling out of the deal. Twitter is suing him and trying to force him to endure it.
4 October: Musk again proposes to go ahead with deal at original price
October 17: Suggested trial date in Delaware
26th of October: Musk visits Twitter HQ with a sink, updates his site bio to ‘Chief Twit’ and sets his location on Twitter HQ
October 27: Musk’s $44 Billion Twitter Acquisition Is Finally Complete
October 28Musk fires top Twitter employees, including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and top adviser Vijaya Gadde, the woman responsible for banning President Trump after the Jan. 6 riots last year.
30 October: Twitter employees are told by Musk to make verified accounts a feature exclusive to Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service
October 31st: Musk confirms he is Twitter’s new CEO and dissolves its board of directors