Elon Musk made a jab at Facebook, linking the rampage at the Capitol to the social network. It’s the latest insult in a years-long feud between Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. (TSLA, FB)

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For over four years, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have clashed over everything from artificial intelligence to rockets. 

The two moguls — who helm Tesla and SpaceX, and Facebook, respectively — haven’t exactly kept their rivalry a secret. When a SpaceX rocket explosion destroyed a Facebook satellite in 2016, Zuckerberg issued a heated statement saying he was “deeply disappointed” about SpaceX’s failure. And when Facebook became embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Musk publicly deleted his companies’ Facebook pages, tweeting that the company gives him “the willies.” 

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The two billionaires are among the richest people on the planet, placing them in an elite circle, even by Silicon Valley standards. Despite the fact that they both dabble in artificial intelligence and their companies have partnered in the past, it seems that there’s no love lost between Musk and Zuckerberg. 

Here’s where their feud began and everything that’s happened since. 

The Musk-Zuckerberg feud dates back to at least 2016, when a SpaceX rocket explosion destroyed a Facebook satellite.

In September 2016, SpaceX was testing its Falcon 9 rocket at a launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Shortly after 9 a.m. the rocket exploded, destroying Facebook’s AMOS-6 satellite, which was supposed to ride the rocket into space.

The satellite was part of Facebook’s project to deliver internet connectivity to the developing world and would have been Facebook’s first satellite in orbit. 

Zuckerberg seemed openly frustrated that the launch failed, writing on Facebook that he was “deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent.”

Two years later, Musk addressed the failed launch in a tweet to reporter Kerry Flynn.

“Yeah, my fault for being an idiot,” Musk said. “We did give them a free launch to make up for it and I think they had some insurance.”

In 2017, Zuckerberg criticized Musk’s feelings about artificial intelligence, comments that seemed to get a rise out of Musk.

During a Facebook Live broadcast, a viewer asked Zuckerberg for his thoughts on Musk’s anxieties around AI. 

“I have pretty strong opinions on this,” Zuckerberg said. “With AI especially, I’m really optimistic, and I think that people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios … I don’t understand it. It’s really negative, and in some ways, I actually think it’s pretty irresponsible.”

Musk, who has repeatedly called for regulation and caution when it comes to new AI technology, shot back on Twitter.

“I’ve talked to Mark about this,” he said in response to a tweet about Zuckerberg’s comments. “His understanding of the subject is limited.” 


In 2018, following Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, Musk made a public show of deleting SpaceX and Tesla’s Facebook pages.

After WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton tweeted, “It is time. #deletefacebook,” Musk responded, “What’s Facebook?”

A fan responded to Musk’s tweet asking if he would delete …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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