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Elon Musk intervenes: “F#ck off is my very diplomatic response to you” • CableFree TV

Elon Musk today intervened in the Ukrainian-Russian war with a peace plan that was… . . not well received. It may have been a tactic to divert industry watchers’ attention from Tesla’s Q3 2022 vehicle production and shipment numbers. failed analyst expectations. But if so, it was a reckless tactic and one in a growing series of missteps that must have left many in Musk’s realm wondering what to do.

The problem immediately became a four-part proposal that Musk tweeted to his 107 million followers on the platform, one of which included acknowledging Russian claims to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014, and a commitment by Ukraine to remain neutral and not in NATO. (Ukraine applied for accelerated NATO membership late last week.)

Musk has also proposed recasting the bogus referendums on Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s occupied territories (the referendums held last month by Russian-appointed officials in Ukraine), instead letting “the people” decide; and ensuring Crimea’s access to water. (Ukraine built a dam to cut off Crimea’s main water supply in response to Russia’s takeover of the Crimean peninsula eight years ago; that dam was blown up in February, two days after Russia invaded Ukraine.)

Musk included a poll in the proposal asking if people agreed with his peace plan.

Reader, they didn’t. Referring to the “Russian atmosphere”, Musk’s followers have accused Musk of fundamentally not understanding what is at stake in the war and of pushing Russian propaganda. Ukrainian diplomat Andriy Melnyk summed up the widespread sentiment when he tweeted Musk: “Back off, my very diplomatic response to you @elonmusk.”

Even Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did his part by posting his own poll asking his far fewer than 6.6 million followers which @elonmusk they like more, the one who is pro-Ukrainian or the one who is pro-Russian.

Musk has certainly lost much of the goodwill generated by sending SpaceX Starlink terminals to Ukraine to expand internet access in the country. (Looks like Starlink was paid for it by the U.S. government.) Meanwhile, Musk’s employees and company shareholders must be shaking their heads as Musk once again dives somewhat casually into a tangled matter beyond his remit. (From the moment Musk announced plans to buy Twitter in late April, it’s been clear that he doesn’t really understand the various problems the company is facing, or the actual roadmap to fix them.)

Musk is clearly great at a lot of things, including his use of Twitter, which holds him back. in the headlines, despite the fact that Tesla has long abandoned any traditional PR feature. He may have good intentions. (It’s not always clear.) However, he undermines himself when he tweets about things he’s not an authority on.

Some argue it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t affect sales, Tesla owners who disapprove of Musk still love my cars. But sometime in the not-too-distant future, when there’s no shortage of companies pouncing on Tesla’s heels and a growing number of reasons why people will look at cars from other manufacturers, that may change.

We’d be surprised if recruiting wasn’t already affected by some of the headlines Musk created this year. While engineers may have rushed to work for Tesla or SpaceX in the past because of their visionary leader, Musk’s various statements are likely to give many of them pause. (Is this guy serious? Is he sane? Does he have self-control?) It can’t help that Musk, whose management style has been described as ruthless, showed no interest in engineering talent inside Twitter, treating the company like the trinket he wanted and then shamelessly throw it away.

Being a business icon has been very good for the business, and Musk’s penchant for fame has propelled him to the top of the corporate world, but there’s always a tipping point. However, what appears must disappear sooner or later, and by needlessly alienating a wide range of people from himself – in Ukraine, inside Twitter, among his clients and employees and beyond – he almost certainly accelerates this process. For his own reasons, maybe that’s what he intended. If not, Musk can learn from Tesla’s well-intentioned, albeit flawed, self-driving software and stay in his lane.

As the Kyiv Post account tweeted earlier today, referring to Musk’s native South Africa: “Elon, you’re a great guy and thanks for Starlink, but it would be so great if you could vote on things you know about. We are not voting on apartheid and Nelson Mandela.”

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org