In the world of tech, giants like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are household names. They are innovators, risk-takers, and entrepreneurs with a massive following. However, these two titans have something else in common; they have had a long-standing feud that has been the talk of the tech world. While the media has covered it extensively, most people do not know the details of the feud or how it all started. So, here is everything you need to know about the epic fight between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.
The infamous feud between Elon and Mark started in 2015 when SpaceX suffered a rocket explosion causing Facebook’s internet initiative, Aquila, to be grounded indefinitely. Zuckerberg expressed his frustration in a comment saying, “As I’m here in Africa, I’m thinking about how – connecting people – is about all of the people, not just those who can afford to be online.” Musk quickly fired back, tweeting that Facebook CEO doesn’t know anything about AI and that his understanding of the field is “limited.”
In 2016, Elon Musk announced that he would be launching a new satellite service that would provide internet access to the world. Facebook had earlier that year launched a similar project; however, the project was based on solar drones and not satellites. Zuckerberg reportedly criticized the SpaceX satellite project, calling it, “too complex.” By the end of the year, both titans had confirmed their intention to help Trump’s administration in any way they could, causing further speculations about their shared contempt for one another.
In 2017, Elon Musk announced that he was quitting Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook platform after his request to remove Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages was dismissed. The reason Musk argued that Facebook’s advertising algorithm was responsible for spreading fake news leading to the election of Trump, a matter Zuckerberg denied. Zuckerberg clapped back by highlighting that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket had exploded while carrying a Facebook satellite, which he viewed as a clear example of how difficult it is to build and launch rockets.
Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg’s contentious relationship reached a head in 2018 when Musk dismissed the Facebook CEO’s views publicly in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Musk tweeted, “delete Facebook, it’s lame,” generating a public stir and driving a wedge between the two tech giants. A year later, as Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new Cybertruck, he shared a meme that mocked the design of the Facebook-overseen pickup truck. The not-so-veiled dig was a continuation of jabs the two have thrown at each other over the years.
In conclusion, the relationship between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg is nothing short of hostile. While it is understandable why a competitive rivalry could exist between them, some of the reasons they have for disliking each other are petty. Regardless of the reason behind their feud, it is impossible to deny that the two titans have a significant impact on the technology industry and the world at large. We can only hope that instead of focussing on their differences, they can find a way to collaborate and help drive innovation, unity rather than division.