Elon Musk once again caused a stir on Twitter after attending the World Cup final between France and Argentina in Qatar on Sunday with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Pictures of the two flooded the social media site, with many people questioning the couple’s relationship.
Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen retweeted the photo, which was shared by Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, with the caption, “They say a picture is worth a thousand words…”
Cohen then tweeted, “More like 2 billion!”
Meanwhile, YouTube personality Philip DeFranco also called the two out, tweeting: “Famed free speech campaigner and centrist Elon Musk hanging out with Jared Kushner at the World Cup as Twitter announces a HUGE social media crackdown. It’s now against the rules to link out to your FB, Instagram, Truth Social and even give people your linktree.”
Jordan Zakarin, reporter and producer for More Perfect Union, a progressive nonprofit media organization, also shared his thoughts on Musk and Kushner, tweeting, “Elon Musk and Jared Kushner at the World Cup with the Saudis family time.”
Pointing out the numerous “coincidences” in the photo, actor and producer Dash Dobrofsky said: “Elon Musk was at the World Cup with Jared Kushner – Donald Trump’s son-in-law, who received a $2 billion investment from a Saudi Arabian fund has led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Twitter’s second largest shareholder is a Saudi Arabian prince. There are many coincidences here.”
Political Action Committee (PAC), MeidasTouch, also shared the photo on Twitter, saying: “Breaking: Lavern Spicer appears to have just violated Twitter’s terms of service by posting the real-time coordinates of the assassination of Elon Musk and Jared Kushner .”
That’s what political scientist Craig Agranoff said news week am Sonntag: “It’s not necessarily ‘bad’ for Elon Musk to spend time with Jared Kushner. It’s ultimately up to Elon Musk to decide how he wants to spend his time and who he wants to spend it with.”
Agranoff continued, “It is inappropriate for us to make a value judgment on their personal interactions. Kushner is a former senior adviser to President Donald Trump. It’s possible that some people disagree with his political views or actions and therefore see Elon Musk’s spending time with him as inappropriate.”
The social media firestorm comes after a recent spate of criticism Musk faced for suspending journalists on Twitter after saying they shared his real-time location info. The Twitter CEO has previously expressed concern about ElonJet inventor Jack Sweeney for sharing his private jet location online.
According to the Associated Press, Musk threatened legal action against Sweeney and “organizations that support harm to my family.” It’s unclear what legal action Musk might take against Sweeney over “an account that automatically published public flight information,” the AP reported.
Among the blocked accounts were The Washington PostTechnology reporter Drew Harwell, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, The New York Times‘ Ryan Mac, Mashable writer Matt Binder and Micah Lee of The Intercept.
Following the suspensions, Musk took to Twitter on Saturday to conduct another poll, asking his followers if the accounts that “doxxed” his location in “real-time” should be restored.
The poll had over 3.5 million votes, with 58.7 percent saying the journalist’s accounts should be restored now, versus the 41.3 percent who voted the accounts should be restored in seven days.
news week has reached out to Kushner for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/photo-elon-musk-jared-kushner-world-cup-draws-criticism-speculation-1768005 Photo of Elon Musk, Jared Kushner at the World Cup is met with criticism, speculation