After buying Twitter for $44 billion, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased the purchase of more popular American companies in order to ostensibly take them back — even suggesting he might buy Coca-Cola in order to reintroduce cocaine into soft drink ingredients.
“Next I’m going to buy Coca-Cola to get my cocaine back,” Musk said sarcastically in a late-night tweet on Wednesday.
A Twitter user responded by sharing a photo of the first bottle sold to the public from 1894 – a product containing 3.5 grams of cocaine. The user added “return it”.
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Musk replied that the cocaine-infused cocaine “breaks Red Bull’s ass!”
Billy Marcus, co-founder of Dogecoin that uses the Twitter name “Shibetoshi Nakamoto” (a reference to Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym used by the inventor of Bitcoin), asked Musk, “Can you buy a fox I want another season of Firefly.” (2002-2003) is a cult classic, although it was canceled after only one season.
Musk replied, “Some sci-fi movies with sci-fi would be great.”
The Tesla CEO even shared what appears to be a fake photo of himself promising on Twitter, “Now I’m going to buy McDonald’s and fix all the ice cream machines…”
“Listen, I can’t do miracles,” Musk said sarcastically in response to the suggestion.
Twitter accepted Musk’s $44 billion bid to buy the company earlier this week. Musk, who has criticized Twitter for failing to embrace free speech, praised the platform as a “digital city square” and pledged to increase free speech on the platform.
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“Freedom of expression is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital city arena where matters vital to the future of humanity are discussed,” Musk said. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features, making open source algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and authenticate all humans.”
“Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the user community to unlock it,” Musk added.
Critics have suggested that requesting content modification may put users at risk and allow misinformation to be spread.
As for the critics, Musk tweeted, “I hope even my worst critic remains on Twitter, because that’s what free speech is.”
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John Stith Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in the late 19th century and marketed it as a soothing drink intended as a patented drug. The name refers to two of its original ingredients: coca leaf, from which cocaine is derived; And the kola nut is a source of caffeine. Coca-Cola once contained nine milligrams of cocaine per cup (for comparison, a typical dose of cocaine is 50-75 milligrams). The company eliminated cocaine in 1903.