‘There’s no way to make everyone happy’: A disembodied Elon Musk looms out of darkness via videolink to laugh off Twitter chaos in front of Indonesian audience on sidelines of G20 summit
- Elon Musk appeared before a business summit in Bali on Monday
- His disembodied face loomed out above an audience via videolink
- He said he had been hit by a power outage and was illuminated by candles
- And he made light of the criticism he faces for his management of Twitter
- ‘There’s no way to make everyone happy, that’s for sure,’ he said
Elon Musk may be the world’s richest man but when he appeared by videolink before a business conference in Indonesia he admitted he was sitting in the dark, lit by candles after suffering a power cut.
‘Really, we just we had a power outage three minutes before this,’ he said, as his disembodied faced loomed above the B20 audience in Bali.
‘That’s why I’m like bizarrely in the dark.’
Organizers said he canceled his trip to the island at the last minute because of a scheduling clash.
Instead he discussed Twitter travails, Tesla and space flight via videolink.
He was asked how it felt to have become a media mogul, and made reference to the furious response to his performance as Twitter owner so far.
‘It’s a little uncomfortable,’ he admitted.
‘Twitter is sort of media but it’s not exactly media. It is a medium as opposed to media.
‘But I mean, there’s no way to make everyone happy, that’s for sure.’
Elon Musk addressed the B20 summit in Bali on Monday – but he said he had been hit by a power outage before going live, much to the amusement of his audience
Musk has been subjected to an avalanche of criticism since completing the $44 billion takeover of the Social media platform.
He fired much of its full-time workforce by email soon after the deal was completed, and then got rid of thousands of contractors, hollowing out teams that battle misinformation.
He also rolled out an $8 subscription service for the platform’s blue checkmarks, but had to suspend it after a slew of imposters appeared – including some posing as him or his products.
On Monday, he addressed delegates to the B20 summit, which aims to bring together business leaders and world leaders ahead of the Group of 20 meeting the begins on the tropical island island on Tuesday.
Musk said he would have liked to have attended the conference in person.
‘I mean, that sounds fantastic,’ he said. ‘But, you know, my workload has recently increased quite a lot.
‘I have too much work on my plate.
The B20 summit is happening on the sidelines on the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia
Musk has been subjected to violent criticism for his management of Twitter
Musk laughed off criticisms of his leadership when asked about Twitter on Monday
The 51-year-old mogul was also asked what he planned next.
‘Twitter for sure I think needs to be a lot more on video,’ he said. ‘And it’s kind of a no brainer to enable longer video and also enable content creators to make a living with content that they submit to Twitter.
‘Twitter really needs to give a revenue share to content creators in order for them to make a living, creating content, and having that content be on Twitter.’
The Federal Trade Commission has warned that it’s following recent developments at Twitter ‘with concern’ and one of the company’s lawyers wrote on an internal messaging board that the social network could face billions in fines over violations of its consent decree with the US agency.
Earlier, he kept up a stream of tweets announcing planned features and apologizing for slow speeds in some countries.
‘Rolling out soon, Twitter will enable organizations to identify which other Twitter accounts are actually associated with them,’ he said in another tweet.
TIMELINE OF ELON MUSK’S CHAOTIC ATTEMPT TO TAKEOVER TWITTER
April 2: Musk announces that he owns 9.2 percent of the company, making him its largest single shareholder
April 14: Musk offers to take Twitter private at $54.20 a share, valuing the company at $44billion
April 25: Twitter accepts Musk’s offer
April 29: Musk sells $8billion in Tesla shares to finance deal
May 13: Musk says Twitter deal is on hold pending a review of bot accounts
May 26: Musk is sued by Twitter for stock manipulation during takeover
July 8: Musk says he’s backing out of the deal. Twitter sues, trying to force him into seeing it through.
October 4: Musk proposes again to go ahead with the deal at the original price
October 17: Proposed trial date in Delaware
October 26: Musk visits Twitter HQ with a sink, updates his bio on the site to ‘Chief Twit’ and sets his location to Twitter HQ
October 27: Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter is finally completed
October 28: Musk fires top Twitter employees, including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and top counsel Vijaya Gadde, the woman responsible for banning President Trump after the January 6 riots last year.
October 30: Twitter employees are told by Musk to make verified accounts a feature that’s exclusive to Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service
October 31: Musk confirms he’s the new CEO of Twitter and dissolves the board of directors