Twitter proprietor Elon Musk stated he is able to throw down with Meta boss and famous martial arts fanatic Mark Zuckerberg.
Musk, 51, challenged the 39-year-old Facebook founder – who not too long ago gained his first beginner Brazilian jiu-jitsu event – to a “cage match” after Zuckerberg’s Meta-owned Instagram reported plans to construct a text-based social media platform to rival Twitter.
The South African-born mogul poked his youthful rival with a tweet Tuesday warning that one other Meta-owned social media platform would put Earth “completely below Zuck’s thumb with no different choices.”
“Better watch out @ElonMusk I heard he does ju [sic] jitsu now,” one Twitter consumer responded.
“I’m up for a cage match if he’s lol,” Musk replied.
Musk skilled in Kyokushin karate, taekwondo, judo, and “Brazilian jiu-jitsu briefly” when he was a boy, he stated throughout an look on Joe Rogan’s podcast final 12 months.
On one event, Musk even shared a photograph of himself squaring off towards a sumo wrestler.
“Managed to throw him, but it surely price me smashing my c5-c6 disc & 8 years of mega again ache!” Musk tweeted final 12 months.
However, he might need his fingers full towards Zuckerberg, who shocked social media in May with a now-viral Instagram publish displaying the once-puny tech geek flinging his opponents en path to gold and silver medals at a Brazilian jiu-jitsu event.
Zuckerberg later defined his success on the mat throughout an look on the pc scientist Lex Fridman’s podcast, noting that he had been keen to get crushed up whereas studying the game.
“Maybe to a point, your capability to maintain doing attention-grabbing issues is your willingness to be embarrassed once more and return to the 1st step and begin as a newbie, and get your ass kicked,” Zuckerberg stated.
Musk, for his half, has a historical past of difficult public figures.
In March, Musk jokingly challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “single fight” – and sparked a feud with some Kremlin officers within the course of.
His jab at Zuckerberg comes after Meta chief product officer Chris Cox reportedly referred to Instagram’s proposed text-based app as “our response to Twitter” – and drew cheers from staff after pledging it might be a “sanely run” platform in distinction to Musk’s platform, The Verge reported this month.
Cox stated Meta has already engaged in early talks with some celebrities about creating accounts, together with Oprah and the Dalai Lama, and that the app could be launched “as quickly as we are able to.” Internal paperwork reportedly point out that Meta’s app will likely be referred to as “Threads.”
Meanwhile, Musk not too long ago employed ex-NBCUniversal gross sales govt Linda Yaccarino to guide an ongoing overhaul at Twitter, which is making an attempt to rebuild its income streams after many advertisers fled the platform following his $44 billion takeover.