'Instagram gets people down': Elon Musk doubles down on criticism of non-Twitter social media platforms

‘Instagram gets people down’: Elon Musk doubles down on criticism of non-Twitter social media platforms

The owner of one of the world’s largest social media platforms shared his latest criticism of a rival platform. Could the comments turn people away from the rival platform or cause them to avoid social media altogether?

What happened: One of the biggest news of 2022 for the financial world was the $44 billion purchase of Twitter by tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Musk had been a fan of Twitter for years and used the platform as his preferred social media outlet to share his thoughts, memes, and also important updates and comments from Tesla and SpaceX.

One platform Musk hasn’t been a fan of is Instagram, a photo and video-based social media platform owned by metaplatforms GOAL.

“Instagram makes people depressed and Twitter makes people angry. Which one is better?” musk recently tweeted.

Musk’s comments drew huge reactions from his large fan base.

One user responded with “LinkedIn makes people depressed, not Insta.” Musk responded to the comment with a fire emoji.

Twitter user @WallStreetSilv responded: “Twitter doesn’t make me mad. He makes me laugh all day.”

Musk responded that Twitter makes him laugh a lot.

dogecoin DOGO/USD co-founder billy marcos He responded that “Instagram is for narcissists, Reddit is for assimilating the hive mind of idiots, Facebook is for old men, Twitter is for crazy masochists.”

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Because it is important: Musk’s comments on Instagram were not his first attacks on the social media platform.

In 2018, Musk said that Instagram could be a place where “people seem to have a much better life than they really do” while appearing on the “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.

Musk said that people on Instagram might look better and seem happier “than they really are.”

Musk expressed his distaste for both Instagram and Facebook during an interview with the Tesla Silicon Valley Owners Club in 2022. Musk removed the company pages for both Tesla and SpaceX on Facebook.

“It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it. I just don’t like Facebook. He gives me the willies. I’m sorry,” Musk said earlier.

Musk admitted during the interview that he has a secret Instagram account, also known as “finsta.”

Musk said he previously had a public Instagram account, but took a lot of selfies as a result.

“Instagram, man, it’s a thirst trap, you know,” Musk said.

Musk said he wondered why he was taking so many selfies and looking for likes on Instagram.

Instead, Musk prefers Twitter, where he can deliver “whatever message you’re trying to get across.”

“I just need a means of communication.”

On Twitter, Musk also recently answered to a post showing a 2021 study that found that people’s social circles have shrunk significantly over the past 30 years, which could be due to the rise of social media.

“Maybe we should spend less time on social media,” Musk responded to the post. Musk’s comment sparked many responses, including those questioning the comments by Twitter’s new owner and CEO.

“You just spent $44 billion on a social media company, you might give it a few years before you take that stance,” user StockTalkWeekly responded.

The last word: Musk’s latest Instagram comments could drive distance between several of the social media platforms and also cause Musk and Tesla fans to spend less time on Instagram and more time on Twitter.

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