Tech billionaire Elon Musk stated Tuesday he was taking a break from Twitter “for some time”, after his posts on the platform helped gas a inventory market frenzy that despatched the share costs of a number of corporations hovering.
Musk overtook Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to change into the world’s wealthiest individual final month, with a fortune estimated at $185 billion following a nine-fold surge in Tesla’s share worth over the previous yr.
“Off Twitter for some time,” the Tesla and SpaceX founder advised his 44.5 million followers on the platform, not giving a motive for his resolution.
He tweeted final week in help of a bunch of retail buyers on web site Reddit who had coordinated to purchase shares in Gamestop, a struggling video games firm, pushing the chain’s share worth up by greater than 680%, in keeping with CNN.
A submit hours later about his love for the retail web site Etsy, too, pushed the corporate’s share worth up by as a lot as 8%, CNBC reported.
The tweets weren’t the one time Musk moved markets on the platform in current weeks. When he modified his Twitter profile to learn merely “#bitcoin” final Friday, the cryptocurrency’s worth quickly skyrocketed by round 20 p.c.
His presence on the web site has triggered him authorized points previously, nonetheless.
Musk was pressured to step down as chairman of the Tesla’s board in 2018 after a critical run-in with the US Securities and Alternate Fee, which accused him of deceptive buyers by tweeting a couple of potential withdrawal of Tesla from the inventory change.