Who do you trust less? politicians or billionaires. This is a question that has the potential to spark heated debates, which is especially true in the midst of a pandemic when tycoons and world leaders alike have been criticized for not doing enough to contain the disease. It is interesting to note that Elon Musk, the richest person in the world, posed this question on Friday in the form of a poll on Twitter.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has more than 95 million followers on Twitter. Over 10 million votes have been cast in the poll Elon Musk started just three hours ago, with 53,000 likes and 12,000 retweets. There are a lot of comments, but a few stand out from the others.
More than 75% of those who had voted out of more than 1 million ballots cast as of 11:15 p.m. Eastern time felt that politicians were less trustworthy than billionaires. Musk, the world's richest man, said that calling someone a "billionaire" just because they built things that made millions of people happy was "morally wrong & foolish."
He also challenged Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York who has engaged in Twitter debates with Musk, to conduct the same poll with her own audience of followers.
A month ago, Elon Musk made an offer to purchase Twitter for $44 billion. In the weeks leading up to the offer, Musk conducted a poll on Twitter asking followers if they desired an edit button. In 2021, he conducted a poll on Twitter asking readers' opinions regarding whether or not he should sell a 10 percent interest in Tesla. The majority of respondents approved the idea.
As recently as last year, he had been assured by the United Nations that the world's hunger crisis could be solved with just 2 per cent of his personal worth, or $6 billion. Reports in February by Fortune.com suggested he had unexpectedly given $5.7 billion to charitable causes.
After launching a poll on social media, Musk sparked a Twitter debate about the world's hunger crisis. In another post, he said, "Many intelligent remarks in the mentions.
The poll, which has a 24-hour deadline, collected 1,329,796 votes- just the first three hours. The 50-year-old Tesla owner has over 95 million followers on the microblogging site. Hours ago, he had posted: “Politics is a sadness generator”
His question comes amid another dispute he created on the social media platform. He has been stating that the planet is facing a significant issue - population reduction.
Along with a video, he had claimed that the greatest danger to the future of civilization is the extinction of the human race. At a time when the populace in many countries is being held responsible for the climate problem and poverty, the topic predictably leaves users of the internet with divided opinions.
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On the other hand, he stated on Friday that he values the opportunity to learn, "even from the most harsh critics." "You know, it really is pretty dang great to be able to chat to people from all all walks of life and many different countries on Twitter! There is always something to be gained, even from the most critical of reviews. I guess what I'm trying to express is that I love all of you crazy people. (sic)"
All the banter is happening on the social media site as Musk’s bid to buy the network continues to meet several difficulties.