Yesterday, Twitter took the unusual step of locking the account of Elon Musk after the billionaire, founder of both Space X and Tesla, posted a lighthearted tweet that asked one of his followers if they would like to buy bitcoin. Musk revealed this in a tweet saying: “Twitter thought I got hacked & locked my account haha.”
Yesterday, CCN reported that Musk made the tongue-in-cheek quip regarding offering bitcoin for sale as a response to a question from a follower regarding whether the accounts of Tesla would soon start utilising 2-factor authentication for additional security. The said joke was made as a reference to the 2-factor authentication security protocol that was commonly deployed by crypto trading platforms such as Circle and Coinbase, however, Twitter apparently was not able to see the funny side of it. The account of Musk was temporarily locked because of suspicion of being hacked while the platform was investigating the matter. However, it eventually unlocked it.
Over the past months, Musk has been faced with a series of controversies that are linked to his activities on the social media platform. His declaration that he was considering taking Tesla private at $420 per share which he made on Twitter ultimately landed him in trouble with the US SEC, resulting in a $20 million fine and an order to step down as the chairman of Tesla for at least 3 years. Also, he famously got into a war of words with a diver who was involved in the Thai cave rescue, describing him as a paedophile – an action that resulted in a legal action on the part of the diver.
Earlier this month, after the settlement of his case with the SEC, Musk also insulted the agency when he described it as the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission.”
On the 4th day of October, he tweeted: “Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!”