Elon Musk took to Twitter with a post that sent fans into a frenzy. A few minutes earlier he shared what appeared to be a threat.
The richest man in the world, Elon Musk, sent Twitter into a frenzy on Monday with just one tweet.
“If I die under mysterious circumstances, it was nice to meet you,” he wrote in a tweet that received more than half a million likes in a matter of hours.
Musk’s tweet appears to refer to a perceived threat from Russia over the tech billionaire’s decision to send SpaceX-operated satellite Internet service to Ukraine.
Musk has sent his emergency Starlink receivers to parts of war-torn Ukraine, where the internet has been disrupted and locals have no way to communicate.
The former Russian deputy prime minister and the country’s space boss Dmitry Rogozin did not welcome the move, telling Russian state media that Musk “will be held accountable as an adult.”
“It turns out that the internet terminals of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite company were delivered to militants of the Nazi Azov battalion of the Ukrainian Marines in Mariupol by military helicopters,” Rogozin wrote in a message shared by Musk on Monday.
“According to our information, the delivery of the Starlink equipment was carried out by the Pentagon.
“Elon Musk, therefore, is involved in the supply of military communications equipment to the fascist forces in Ukraine. And for that, Elon, you will be held accountable as an adult, no matter how stupid you are.
Musk’s “If I die” tweet followed a few minutes later, sparking his followers.
“Double (or even 10 times) on safety. We need you, Elon, “wrote YouTuber Dave Lee.
Others tried to get the trending #KeepElonSafe hashtag.
Rogozin, who is the head of the Russian space agency, is no stranger to provocations with the United States.
He was an outspoken critic of the sanctions imposed on Russia following the invasion of Ukraine and warned that Russia could destroy NATO countries with nuclear weapons in “half an hour”.
“In a nuclear war, NATO countries will be destroyed by us in half an hour,” he said earlier this week.
“But we must not allow it, because the consequences of the nuclear strike exchange will affect the state of our Earth.
“Therefore, we will have to defeat this economically and militarily more powerful enemy by conventional armed means.”
Musk’s comments come as the new Twitter owner reveals his plans for the platform.
Last month, Tesla’s founder launched a successful bid to buy the social media platform for $ 44 billion ($ 61.4 billion).
The New York Times reported that Musk made a presentation to investors this week claiming it would increase the company’s annual revenue, which was $ 5 billion ($ 7 billion) last year, to $ 26.4 billion. dollars ($ 37.3 billion) in 2028.
According to the speech, Musk also plans to grow Twitter’s user base from 217 million at the end of last year to nearly 600 million in 2025 and 931 million in 2028.
He wants average revenue per user to be $ 30.22 ($ 42.70) in 2028, up from $ 24.83 ($ 35.08) last year.
As for the current Twitter Blue, where users subscribe for $ A4.49 per month to personalize their experience, Musk expects 159 million users within six years. It was only launched last year.
Other key points included the withdrawal of $ 15 million ($ 21.3 million) from a payment business in 2023 and $ 1.3 billion ($ 1.8) by 2028. It is not known what that entails.
The company will also rely less on advertising, dropping to less than 50% of its revenue, according to the pitch.
Originally published as Elon Musk becomes the target of Russian propaganda after sending Starlink to Ukraine