Two of the world’s richest and most influential men, who run rival social networks, appeared to goad each other into picking a fight, causing their platforms to abuzz with the notion of a “cage fight” between billionaires.
Elon Musk, who frequently posts jokes and taunts on Twitter, which he bought for $44 billion last year, this week responded to tweets about a possible competing service to Meta, run by Mark Zuckerberg, saying: “I’m ready for a cage “. match if it is.
On Instagram, the social network owned by Meta, Zuckerberg responded with a screenshot of Musk’s tweet and the caption “Send me location.”
It went on from there, in a standout display of the defiant and combative tone of “bro” culture in Silicon Valley, though fights on social media have rarely, if ever, spilled over into the physical world.
A Meta spokeswoman said Zuckerberg’s response “speaks for itself.” Twitter’s media office automatically responded to a request for comment with a poop emoji.
Last summer, Zuckerberg said that he was introduced to Brazilian jujitsu. Since then, he has posted several times about his training, including pictures with professional wrestlers such as Dave Camarillo and Michael Musumeci. Last month, Zuckerberg competed in his first Brazilian jiu-jitsu event, in Woodside, California, where he defeated an Uber engineer to win two medals.
The two moguls have a history of clashing — rhetorically, not physically — over important issues in their industry. Zuckerberg invited Musk to dinner at his house in 2014 to try to convince him that he was too alarming about the threats from artificial intelligence. Mr. Musk did not change his mind and has continued to warn about the dangers of AI. Mr Musk has said that Instagram “it makes people depressedand that Facebook, also owned by Meta, “gives me goosebumps.”