Two of the world’s richest and most influential men, who run rival social media networks, appeared to goad each other into agreeing to fight, with their forums heated by the notion of a “cage match” between billionaires. Went.
Elon Musk, who frequently posts jokes and provocations on Twitter, which he bought last year for $44 billion, this week responded to tweets about a potentially competing service from Mark Zuckerberg-run Meta, saying, “I Ready for a cage.” If it is, match it.”
On Instagram, the social network owned by Meta, Mr Zuckerberg replied to Mr Musk’s tweet with a screenshot and the caption, “Send me the location.”
It went from there into a major display of the defiant, combative tone of “bro” culture in Silicon Valley, although the debate on social media has rarely, if ever, spilled over into the physical world.
A spokeswoman for Meta said Mr Zuckerberg’s response “speaks a lot in itself.” Twitter’s media office automatically responded to a request for comment with a poop emoji.
Last summer, Mr. Zuckerberg said he had taken up Brazilian jujitsu. He has since posted several times about his training, including photos with professional fighters like Dave Camarillo and Mikey Musumesi. Last month, Mr Zuckerberg took part in his first Brazilian jujitsu event in Woodside, California, where he defeated an Uber engineer and won two medals.
Compared to other fields, tech leaders have been known to embrace conflict in public forums, said Katy Cook, author of “The Psychology of Silicon Valley,” which has left the industry a “male-dominated, emotionally primitive” environment. where leaders are rewarded for displays of hypermasculinity.
“When you taste power in certain ways of behaving, it feels good to a lot of people,” Dr. Cook said.
The two moguls have a history of going head-to-head — literally, not physically — over big topics in their industry. Mr. Zuckerberg invited Mr. Musk to a dinner at his home in 2014 to try to convince him that he was very concerned about the dangers of artificial intelligence. Mr Musk hasn’t changed his mind, and continues to warn about the dangers of AI Mr Musk has said that Instagram “makes people sad“And that’s Facebook, which is also owned by Meta,”gives me a will,