By Niharika Gullipalli
With the Summer holidays just around the corner, we find ourselves with more time for hobbies, relaxing at home, travelling, and reading articles about Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk’s infamous strife.
The public feud between Zuckerberg and Musk is the gift that keeps on giving. The snarky rivalry between the two tech billionaires has heated up in recent weeks, with both parties seemingly agreeing to a UFC-style cage fight. So, how on earth did we get here?
Public bickering between the two first began in 2016 after Musk’s company SpaceX failed to launch Zuckerberg’s Facebook satellite – a whole seven years ago! In a Facebook post at the time, Zuckerberg expressed that he was “deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite.” Almost 2 years later, Musk responded to the aforementioned statement on Twitter: “Yeah, my fault for being an idiot. We did give them a free launch to make up for it and I think they had some insurance.”
Though, the quarrel did not end there; the pair would go on to make more passive-aggressive jabs at each other about a myriad of topics, including their contrasting opinions on AI and Musk’s tweets with the hashtag, ‘#DeleteFacebook’.
Fast forward a few years to 2023, and the feud heats up, with Musk’s tweets that Meta-owned Instagram “makes people depressed” and that WhatsApp – which is currently owned by Facebook – “cannot be trusted”.
The idea of a cage match was first posed by Musk on June 21st, where the Tesla CEO replied to a thread about Twitter’s then-upcoming rival app Threads, tweeting, “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.” Zuckerberg responded with a screenshot of Musk’s tweet and a caption stating “Send Me Location” on his Instagram story —a reference to a famous line from former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. This seemingly ludicrous internet banter has since then increased in validity due to an Instagram post from Zuckerberg where he appeared to have been training for the previously mentioned cage match in a shirtless photo of himself with MMA fighters Israel Adesanya and Alex Volkanovski. Although an official announcement is yet to be made, posts from the pair since then seem to support the idea of an actual brawl taking place.
As this article on Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk’s altercation comes to a close, what are your thoughts on the matter? Could the billionaire brawl become a potential reality? If so, who would emerge victorious…