On April 25, Elon Musk struck a deal with microblogging site Twitter for buying it for $44 billion. Against this backdrop, a screenshot of a tweet allegedly posted by Elon Musk is being widely shared on social media claiming that Musk is going to buy Facebook and ‘delete’ it later.
The tweet text reads, “Now I’m going to buy Facebook and delete it haha”
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE.
Starting with our investigation, we checked Musk’s Twitter handle but could not find any such tweet dated April 25, 2022.
We also performed a Twitter Advanced Search but could not find any such tweet on Musk’s timeline.
Searching further, we found Musk’s tweet reply to Meta Chief Technology Officer Andrew Bosworth, “Facebook gives me the willies.”
Facebook gives me the willies
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2022
Now I’m going to buy Facebook and delete it haha
— FakeNewsNetwork (@fakenewsnwork) April 25, 2022
We also searched for news articles but could not find any credible media report corroborating the viral claim. Had Elon Musk tweeted any such claim it would have been covered by mainstream media and made headlines.
Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral screenshot is fake.
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