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Elon-gate JD Lasica, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/3017880307

There's a powerful argument in ​Wired​ as to why ubiquitous entrepreneur Elon Musk needs to have his Twitter account taken away from him. One might argue that other well-known people, formerly in business, should have theirs taken away first, but the article makes for good reading as to the damage that Musk followers are doing, to themselves, to Musk, and to Twitter generally. 

Most people, upon discovering the deeply harmful (if possibly inadvertent) effects of their tweeting, would change their behavior. But Musk isn't most people. He's a rugged individualist, one of Peter Thiel's oldest friends, who has made his billions in large part through simple yet supreme self-confidence. He is not ashamed of the trolls; instead, he shrugs them off. "Hello," he says, "have you met the Internet? Everyone gets harassed."

Such dismissiveness is further evidence of the Olympian detachment that tech billionaires have from actual people. Musk will happily invest his fortune into AI research to prevent humanity as a whole being eaten by self-aware software, but when faced with gruesome working conditions in his own factories, or the immiseration of any female journalist who dares to criticize him, his response predictably and invariably betrays an utter lack of empathy.

Felix Salmon
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