Op-Ed: Elon Musk’s Twitter shows its dark side The outspoken billionaire has a propensity for taking strong or controversial positions — but he also wants us to know his side of the story.
Elon Musk’s latest Twitter rant is hardly unique. As the Tesla and SpaceX founder’s reputation has grown, so too has his penchant for controversy.
The latest issue is Tesla’s battery-swap deal with Japanese carmaker Nissan, which has led to an international uproar that Tesla has not been forthcoming about why the battery deal was made and the terms of the transaction. That’s a major controversy, because Nissan is one of the few automakers that doesn’t use batteries in its electric vehicles.
Earlier this year, Musk tweeted that he was “100% comfortable” with Tesla’s planned battery swap with Nissan. At the time, he clarified that he did not comment on the details or the agreement, though he did say the trade would involve “a lot of lithium.”
But those remarks were later deleted, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t responding to questions about the battery swap deal that would see Tesla buy a Tesla electric car battery pack and swap it with a Nissan battery pack. (The deal is currently in discussion.)
But over the last couple of weeks, Musk has found himself in the thick of other controversies, including his recent efforts to convince Congress to remove restrictions on using electric vehicles to fund high-speed rail; his support of the Federal Communications Commission’s move to roll back net neutrality rules; his role in funding the controversial SpaceX rocket and the apparent threat to pull the plug on his Boring Company transportation business; multiple controversies surrounding his controversial space tourism venture; and his efforts to get more people into space.
Musk is in the public eye, and he doesn’t appear to be hiding his opinions on anything, including his business ambitions and his Twitter activity.
We asked the tech entrepreneur in an interview with The Verge about his Twitter activity, and he pointed out that his Twitter platform is “not a public forum.” He said he wanted to make sure that he was being transparent, but he also wanted to get the facts out there.
“I have to be honest — I have very little control