Elon Musk continues to criticize Mark Zuckerberg as Meta’s Twitter-like app called Threads approaches 100 million users. Musk has been quite vocal and public about his disapproval of Threads, Instagram’s new app that competes directly with Twitter.
He has criticized the app’s features and even filed a lawsuit accusing Meta of hiring former Twitter employees to create a copycat version.
“Zuck is a cuck,” Musk tweeted under a screenshot of a Threads exchange between Zuckerberg and the account for fast food joint Wendy’s, referencing a sexual fetish in which someone enjoys watching their partner fornicate with someone else.
He then abandoned all subtlety in tweeting a final request: “I propose a literal dick measuring contest.”
Recently, Musk’s attack on Zuckerberg took a simpler form. Musk has spent the past week criticizing Zuckerberg’s personal history and the concept behind Threads. He even challenged Zuckerberg to a mixed martial arts match at one point.
On Saturday, he called Threads “just Instagram minus pics, which makes no sense, given that thirst pics are the main reason people use that app.”
Zuckerberg has also made subtle jabs in response. On the day Threads launched, he tweeted for the first time in 11 years, sharing a meme of two Spiderman characters pointing at each other, which symbolized the similarities between Threads and Twitter. He has also replied to some Threads posts, mocking Musk, including a post from Wendy’s.
Despite their ongoing rivalry, Zuckerberg has reason to celebrate. Threads has already gained over 98 million users within a week of its launch, according to data from Quiver Quantitative.
However, Musk’s Twitter still holds the lead with an estimated 368 million users worldwide as of December 2022, according to Statista.
It remains unclear whether Musk and Zuckerberg’s social media-driven feud is just playful banter or a result of intense competition.
Both have expressed openness to the MMA match Musk proposed, according to UFC President Dana White. White estimates that the fight could generate over a billion dollars in revenue.
“100 percent [they want to fight],” White said earlier this week. “I do [have a date in mind], I’ll announce it when we’re ready. It won’t be UFC 300.”