Elon Musk: "Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!"
On Thursday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sent some angry tweets directed at Amazon — and rival space company Blue Origin — CEO Jeff Bezos, calling Amazon a monopoly that deserved to be broken up.
Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 4, 2020
But, in typical Musk fashion, the tech mogul made a defensible point for incomprehensibly petty, baffling reasons. The Mercury News reports that the spat was over alleged censorship — that turned out to be a technical error.
Musk’s first tweet was in response to former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, who gained notoriety publishing a wildly misleading and flawed book about alleged dangers of marijuana.
Berenson recently published a book critical of the U.S. government’s lockdowns that were designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. Berenson was informed by Amazon that the e-commerce giant would not sell his book because it “does not comply with [Amazon’s] guidelines.”
However, The Mercury News reports that Amazon reversed its decision — which it described as an error — after pressure.
The remaining question is whether Elon Musk is actually opposed to Amazon and Bezos’ seeming monopoly and anti-competitive practices, or if he’s merely rallying behind a book that matches his own ideology.
Musk previously referred to the same stay-at-home measures Berenson criticizes in his book as “fascist,” The Mercury News reports, and refused to close a Tesla plant until the government forced him to — so his issues with Amazon may begin and end with the publication of this one book.
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