Tesla's Elon Musk Calls for Breakup of Amazon in Tweet

Brenda Watkins
June 5, 2020

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Thursday called for Amazon.com Inc to be broken up, after an author complained on social media about being unable to self-publish a book via the world's largest online retailer.

Musk's post came in response to a tweet from a writer who said his book entitled Unreported Truths About Covid-19 And The Lockdown was being removed from Amazon's Kindle publishing division for violating unspecified guidelines.

With more than 35 million followers, Musk is a prolific tweeter.

Others including Democratic politicians, merchants and activists have also called for the break up of Amazon, pointing to its growing control over the e-commerce industry.

Amazon said the book had been removed in error and would be reinstated.

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"THEY CENSORED IT! It is based entirely on published government data and scientific papers".

Musk's tweets were prompted by an author who said on Twitter his book on the novel coronavirus pandemic was pulled from Amazon. It doesn't say coronavirus isn't real or doesn't kill people (in fact, the worst-case death toll is likely to be striking to people). Last month, Musk threatened to move Tesla out of California if the state did not allow the company's manufacturing plant to reopen. "Monopolies are wrong!" Musk added in a second tweet.

This is not the first time that Elon Musk has drawn attention by his freakish tweets; the latest one in row is a tweet in which the SpaceX CEO said that the Tesla stock is "too high".

Mr Musk founded SpaceX eight years before Mr Bezos started his rocket firm Blue Origin. Bezos, on the other hand, has implied he's no fan of Musk's plan to prioritize colonizing Mars.

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