A playground spat has erupted between tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, as their fierce business rivalry spills over into a bizarre exchange of challenges to engage in a cage fight. The feud began when Musk, who recently gained control of Twitter, hinted at plans by Zuckerberg’s Meta to launch its own text-based social media platform, directly competing with Musk’s domain.
In response, Musk has taken to Twitter to taunt Zuckerberg, informing his followers this week, “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.” Zuckerberg, known for his interest in physical fitness and penchant for posting martial arts videos, fired back on Wednesday via his Instagram Stories, accepting the challenge with the simple message, “Send me location.” Meta confirmed the authenticity of Zuckerberg’s response to AFP.
The exchange has garnered amusement on social media platforms, with many speculating on the outcome of a potential fight, with Zuckerberg being touted as the clear favorite. Technology journalist Taylor Lorenz expressed her excitement, tweeting, “Please god let this happen.” Podcaster Bennett Tomlin quipped, “The best Musk-Zuckerberg cage match is one in which two men enter and no men leave.”
While the two billionaires have engaged in opposing viewpoints on various topics, including politics and artificial intelligence, their rivalry has intensified due to their overlapping business interests. Musk responded angrily to a recent claim by a Meta official regarding the potential for a “sanely run” alternative to Twitter. Musk’s acquisition of the social media company for $44 billion, subsequent layoffs, and reinstatement of banned right-wing conspiracy theorists triggered an exodus of advertisers.
Defending his actions during an event in Paris, Musk asserted that advertisers had returned to Twitter and that he had successfully eliminated nearly all bots from the platform. In a recent interview with US podcaster Lex Fridman, Zuckerberg was prompted to say something positive about Musk’s management of Twitter. After a contemplative pause, Zuckerberg acknowledged Musk’s early efforts to streamline the platform, which he deemed beneficial for the industry. Notably, Zuckerberg implemented significant job cuts at his own company a few months after Musk made similar staff reductions at Twitter.
The ongoing exchange between Musk and Zuckerberg exemplifies the intensity of their rivalry and the influence it wields over the tech industry. As the public eagerly anticipates a potential cage fight between the two billionaires, their verbal jabs and challenges continue to captivate observers worldwide.