Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg remarked on Tuesday that he was “not particularly optimistic” about the possibility of a cage match with his tech mogul rival, Elon Musk, who has been consistently poking fun at him on social media.
For the much-anticipated showdown against his rival Musk, Zuckerberg suggested the date of August 26 in a post on Meta’s newly launched social media platform, Threads.
Following Musk’s post on X (formerly known as Twitter) in which he claimed to be training “all day,” Zuckerberg commented, “I’m game for today… but he hasn’t confirmed yet.”
The introduction of Threads resulted in both of them becoming direct competitors in July.
In response to a Threads user questioning whether the match was agreed upon by both parties, Zuckerberg characterized the cage fight as “funding secured.”
His words alluded to Musk’s statements from 2018 where he expressed his intentions to take Tesla, his electric vehicle company, private.
Adding further uncertainty to the cage match, Musk stated that the “exact date is still uncertain” due to the possibility of needing surgery for his neck and upper back.
In recent months, the two social media magnates have been playfully taunting each other. Musk claimed on Sunday that their face-off would be livestreamed on his platform, X. He noted that any proceeds from the match would be directed towards charities supporting war veterans.
Responding to a question from an X user about the purpose of the cage fight, Musk said, “It’s a civilized form of combat. Men enjoy combat.”
Zuckerberg also retorted regarding the notion of the fight being streamed on X, stating, “Shouldn’t we opt for a more dependable platform that can genuinely raise funds for charity?”
With Meta, which also owns Instagram and Facebook, launching Threads in early July, the stakes are relatively high. The platform garnered over 100 million sign-ups within days.
However, Zuckerberg also mentioned that the platform had lost more than half of its users by the end of the previous month.
Meanwhile, Musk’s rival social media platform, X, has faced criticism since its acquisition by its new owner.
Musk has introduced several changes, such as requiring users to log in to view posts and executing large-scale layoffs at the company.