Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked social media users if they trust politicians more than billionaires in a viral Twitter poll, which garnered more than a million votes within hours, most expressing doubts about their elected representatives.
The world’s richest man asked whether his followers trust government officials over the wealthy
The tech entrepreneur, himself a billionaire who frequently swaps places with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the world's richest man, took to Twitter Thursday night to pop the question to followers, asking " Who is the least trusted while providing options for "politicians" and "billionaires".
At the time of this writing, the ad hoc poll had garnered more than 1.5 million votes and was heavily biased against the government, with a large majority of 77% saying they trusted their leaders less than the government. mega-rich.
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Musk, known for his frequent Twitter antics and troll posts, then urged Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to create a similar poll, "challenging" her to ask her own followers the same question.
Yet despite the damning results of Musk's social media poll, many commentators expressed contempt for politicians and billionaires, with some saying the two groups often work toward the same goals.
“Trick question: politicians are bought off and work for the rich.
They are synonymous,” wrote progressive activist Nina Turner, who served as national co-chair of Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign.Musk has repeatedly made headlines in recent weeks amid talks to buy Twitter for $44 billion, though that deal recently ran into a hitch after the SpaceX founder raised concerns about the number of bots and of spam accounts that it constitutes the total user base of the platform. While Twitter claimed that figure was less than 5% in a quarterly financial report released last month, Musk called for a recount, and the site has since acknowledged that its numbers had not been independently verified.