Elon Musk, owner of Tesla and SpaceX has streamed past Jeff Bezos to become the richest person in the world. And you know what… deservingly so! All that man does is take action to colonize Mars and post memes all day.
Before dissecting how he became the richest person in the world, let’s focus on what he has to say about the instant messaging app Signal. Why is he urging people to switch gears and stop using WhatsApp? What is so fascinating and gripping about Signal? Considering he’s now the richest man in the world, he must and should have something valuable to offer as an advice!
Well, Musk has asked his fans to use the privacy-focused messaging app called Signal as he believes WhatsApp forces users to agree on controversial terms and conditions and that is no way to treat your customers.
Use Signal— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Last Thursday, Tesla and SpaceX owner made a vague tweet which said “Use Signal”. At first, you’d wonder what the man is up to but here’s the context. He made the tweet at a time when WhatsApp was trending for, of course, all the wrong reasons.
According to the latest terms and conditions, all the private data gathered by WhatsApp, i.e., IP address and phone number, will be shared on their Facebook.
In a very “Musky” fashion, the man shared a meme putting spotlight on Facebook’s latest inadequacies. He highlighted how the portal threatens its users, and honestly, it was bang on!
The man is not targeting Facebook for the first time – you know, just because he’s the richest person in the world – he actually called the website “lame” last February. This criticism was followed with a hashtag #DeleteFacebook which was, again, referencing a privacy-based controversy.
Do you know that SpaceX and Tesla don’t have official Facebook pages? Elon Musk actually ordered for them to be taken down back in 2018! In fact, at the time, he even claimed that he had no idea of their presence on the platform!
He clarified on Twitter: “I don’t use FB and never have. So don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow.”
LOL! He wanted people to know how pathetic Facebook truly is! (Of course, Hayvine doesn’t believe that so do like our page and get the latest updates on 2021 gadgets and movies)
Anyway, Musk said that he’s not trying to make a political statement, much to everyone’s assumptions. He also said that nobody asked him not to join either, it’s just a personal preference, and he doesn’t like the platform as much. He apologetically added that Facebook gives him “willies”.
Recently, he even blamed Facebook for the US Capitol Riots. He shared a meme and captioned it “The Domino Effect” and we don’t think he’s wrong. If nothing else, you’ll at least have a good laugh over it because his meme was better than the Kendall Jenner meme that was everywhere during the horrible attack.
This is called the domino effect pic.twitter.com/qpbEW54RvM— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
And only a few hours after posting that meme, he was declared the richest man in the world – A win-win!
Well, obviously, he didn’t become the richest man by sharing that meme. He took over Bezos after Tesla’s shares increased, making his personal net worth over $185bn. Bezos held the spot for the last three years, and so it’s nice to see someone else take over, and have fun while doing so.
Tesla is now the only car company whose worth is more than Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai, GM and Ford combined. However, it’s essential to realize that Tesla isn’t the only dividends upon which Musk’s entire wealth is dependent on. He’s got SpaceX and Boring Company under his name – two risky companies that show his passions and interests.
The news of him coming out as a billionaire is honestly fascinating because last May he complained that he is “cash poor” and that he was forced to sell his physical possessions. Due to this decision, he also said that he’d be left with no house.
Basically, he was trying to say that he had no money for fancy holidays – you know, those fancy holiday villas and private beaches… we wouldn’t know, these are rich people problems.
Back in 2019, he responded to a fan, and from that response, we can understand his true ambitions. He did manage to mark some of those goals off the list this year!
"About half my money is intended to help problems on Earth & half to help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars to ensure continuation of life (of all species) in case Earth gets hit by a meteor like the dinosaurs or WW3 happens & we destroy ourselves."
And you know what? We think he’s now going in the right direction because he has started asking people where he can donate his money. The man is late to the party but we’re glad he’s here. He intends to donate his money to charities and causes he cares about. For this he even asked his followers on Twitter for a genuine feedback.
He said: "Btw, critical feedback is always super appreciated, as well as ways to donate money that really make a difference (way harder than it seems)"
So far, it seems that he hasn’t made the decision but we hope that he helps people and makes generous donations