In a freewheel interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his Twitter direct messages are mostly memes, and he’s not too concerned about being hacked.
Musk’s was one of more than 100 high-profile Twitter accounts compromised as part of a July 15 Bitcoin scam. The company said the attackers May have downloaded some people’s private messages and personal information in the process, although Twitter said none of these were ‘verified’ accounts, like Musk is.
“I’m not too concerned about my DMs being made public,” Musk told Dowd. “I mean, we can probably pick out some of my DMs that sound out of context, but in general, my DMs usually consist of exchanging memes.”
Speaking to Dowd, Musk said he has a “secret” Instagram account “to see links from things people send me” (calls Ashley Feinberg…) and thinks he may have had COVID-19 in January.
“I think the reality of Covid is that it is dangerous if you are elderly and have pre-existing conditions,” he said in the interview. “It absolutely makes sense to have a lockdown if you are vulnerable, but I don’t think it makes sense to have a lockdown if you are not vulnerable.” Musk battled officials in Fremont, California, and reopened his company’s auto factory there in May, violating a local order on the spot. He told Dowd that he is wearing a mask on the factory floor.
One of the more puzzling aspects of the interview is how Dowd Musk’s personal relationships paint: “Sure, the titan can be romantic.” She lists some of his more high-profile relationships, including his current girlfriend Grimes, and actresses Talulah Riley and Amber Heard, but makes no mention of Musk’s first wife Justine —Mother of five of his sons — whom he divorced in 2008.
Musk doesn’t give a lot of interviews, so it’s interesting to see him answer questions about SpaceX, Tesla, Facebook, AI, Twitter and that copy cat tweet he sent to Amazon and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos. And in case you were wondering, he is thrilled that President Trump has called him “one of our great geniuses” after the launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon in May.
“I take the compliment,” said Musk.
We are as shocked as you are.