Musk, the world’s richest person and chief executive of the American company, posted a follow-up image in response to the Friday post of six hooded figured captioned ‘shadow ban council reviewing Tweet.’
The lowbrow joke could further infuriate woke Twitter staffers angered by Musk’s ongoing bid to buy the firm after saying he’d take a hardline stance supporting free speech.
That is because the pregnant man emoji is aimed at being inclusive to transgender people – with Musk frequently taking aim at what he sees as woke overreach, while repeatedly insisting that he bears no ill-will towards the LGBTQ community.
Many have moaned about Musk, accusing him of being a transphobe over a 2020 tweet mocking pronouns, as well as a bully. But others have said he is the breath of fresh air that American needs against big tech censorship.
Responses to the richest man’s jab at the fellow billionaire’s expense garnered mixed reactions on the platform:
‘How is this man such a savage hahahaha,’ wrote one user.
Musk tweeted this dig at Bill Gates Friday night, comparing the Microsoft founder’s paunch to that of the controversial pregnant man emoji
‘Did he attack you, though? Just trying to figure out the motivation for the post,’ wrote @BarExamTutor.
‘And not being overly-sensitive or holier than thou or anything like that. But something about attacking appearance has a high-school-age “bully” kind of feel to it.’
Gates, the world’s third richest man after Musk and Jeff Bezos, took a shot earlier this year at the Tesla CEO after the electric vehicle maker announced taking a $1.5 billion stake in Bitcoin.
‘Elon has tons of money and he’s very sophisticated, so I don’t worry that his Bitcoin will sort of randomly go up or down,’ Gates told Bloomberg on Thursday.
‘I do think people get bought into these manias who may not have as much money to spare, so I’m not bullish on Bitcoin. My general thought would be that if you have less money than Elon, you should probably watch out,’ he said.
Gates has also previously made comments about electric trucks like the Tesla Semi not being viable, which Musk countered.
‘I heard that at one point he had a large short position. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it seems weird,’ Musk told Rogan.
Musk, the world’s richest person and chief executive of the American company – who already has an estimated $249billion to his name – is now set to receive a bonus share payout after Tesla posted a $3.3 billion quarterly profit on Wednesday.
The news, combined with projections of another strong year of production growth in 2022, saw Tesla stock rise 3.2 percent – despite lingering supply chain woes.
The expected windfall to Musk’s already enormous fortune came as the businessman secured a $46.5 billion package to fund his audacious attempt to launch a takeover of social media company Twitter.
He already holds 9.2 percent of the company, and said Thursday he has the funds necessary to make an offer for the rest.
But the company plans to fight back. To halt a takeover, Twitter’s board plans to activate a ‘poison pill’ if Musk comes to own more than 15 percent of the company.