In case you didn’t know, Tesla founder Elon Musk has a doppelganger – and now his likeness to the world’s richest man may be the reason he has been suspended from TikTok and Twitter, at least the Chinese versions of them, that is.
Yilong Ma went viral back in 2020 for his uncanny resemblance of Musk, who recently ruffled some feathers in Silicon Valley when he agreed to buy Twitter for a whopping $44 billion. The Chinese national then went viral, even prompting a reaction from Elon Musk himself, who then joked that he too may have Asian ancestry.
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Now, Business Insider is reporting that Ma’s account on Douyin, which is China’s version of TikTok, has been purged of all kinds of content. While his page on Weibo, the country’s Twitter-like platform, also reflected a content-restriction notification. The publication reports that that Ma’s Douyin page, under the username ‘Elon Musk,’ was still very much active.
He has more than 239 000 followers on the international version of TikTok and his videos on the platform have garnered nearly 4 million likes.
Ma is seemingly fascinated with his doppelganger, having recently posted sevral videos of himself in front of a Tesla on TikTok.
“I want to take my brother for a ride in my Tesla! #elonmusk #tesla,” he captioned the post.
The feeling seems to be mutual as Musk has expressed his desire to meet, writing on Twitter: “I’d like to meet this guy (if he is real). Hard to tell with deepfakes these days.”
Musk is worth a staggering $210 billion, which is still way more than Amazon founder Jeff Bizos’ net worth. This as the South African-born billionaire lost nearly R200 billion in 24 hours.
He recently announced he would be voting for the Republican party in the next US election.
“Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming month. In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division and hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican,” Musk wrote.
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