Elon Musk: “I will give them a billion dollars if they change their name to **********”
Will Wikipedia rename itself ‘Di**ipedia’? Elon Musk has offered $1 billion for the same. Musk and Wikipedia are known to cross swords. In May, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales had condemned Musk for caving in to Turkey government’s demands and censoring posts on X (formerly Twitter) prior to the country’s presidential election.
Elon Musk, the SpaceX founder and CEO, took to his social media platform X (formerly Twitter), and offered Wikipedia a substantial donation of one billion. Nevertheless, this grant is anything but philanthropic. Terms and conditions apply.
Elon Musk has, after X (twitter previously), now has apparently set his sights on Wikipedia. Every other person’s go-to online encyclopedia has been offered a billion dollars for just changing its name to something NSFW by him.
Musk stated on X that he “will give them a billion dollars if they change their name to Di**ipedia”. Apart from this, he re-shared a screenshot of a Wikipedia appeal for funds that ironically read “Wikipedia is not for sale,” in bold letters.
“Please add that to the [cow and poop emojis] on my wiki page,” he stated in a comment on his post, also adding, “In the interests of accuracy.”
Can Wikipedia not change its name back? One would think that’s a cool and easy billion. Wikipedia can change its name back once it receives the money, and quite predictably someone suggested this.
Ed Krassenstein, a US-based journalist, exhilarated Wikipedia to make the switch and said: “Do it!” “You can always change it back after you collect.” To this, Elon Musk responded and said: “One-year minimum. I mean, I’m a not fool lol.” So, it is obvious that if Wikipedia does accept Musk’s offer, the website will remain stuck with the X-rated name for at least a year.
Why on earth is Musk ‘after’ Wikipedia?
According to Complex, Musk’s generous “donation” trails an earlier tweet where he condemned the Wikimedia Foundation for its appeals for donation. He stated that so much money “certainly isn’t needed to operate Wikipedia. You can literally fit a copy of the entire text on your phone!” “So, what’s the money for? Inquiring minds want to know …,” he added.
Musk and Wikipedia have cross swords before. In May, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales condemned Musk for surrendering to the Turkish government’s demands and censoring posts on X (formerly Twitter) prior to the country’s presidential election. “What Wikipedia did: we stood strong for our principles and fought to the Supreme Court of Turkey and won. This is what it means to treat freedom of expression as a principle rather than a slogan,” he had stated, responding to Musk’s post criticizing Bloomberg columnist Matt Yglesias for posting about Musk’s compliance with the Turkish government’s censorship of opponents.
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