Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has stirred the internet once more, offering a whopping $1 billion to Wikipedia, contingent on a peculiar request for a name change. Musk’s proposition involves renaming the online encyclopedia to “Dickipedia,” a suggestion he jestingly insists would reflect more “accuracy.”
No stranger to social media fervour, Musk’s offer erupted on Twitter, where he articulated the terms: “@Wikipedia, Do it! You can always change it back after you collect.” To elucidate the seriousness of his offer, he added a stipulation, “One-year minimum. I mean, I’m not a fool, lol.”
The eccentric billionaire didn’t stop there. He posted a screenshot of Wikipedia’s donation page with its explicit declaration, “Wikipedia is not for sale,” accompanied by a heartfelt appeal from its founder, Jimmy Wales. Musk challenged the platform’s financial appeals with a question about the necessity of such substantial funds, given that Wikipedia’s “entire text” could be stored on a mobile device.
Public Reaction and Previous Controversies
Musk’s provocative tweet, suggesting a name change to “Dickipedia” and casually challenging the platform’s funding model, quickly went viral, amassing 9.9 million views and thousands of likes. While some followers joined in Musk’s light-hearted banter, others delved into deeper speculation regarding Wikipedia’s financial operations, questioning the potential motives behind its fundraising.
Beyond this, Musk’s engagement with Wikipedia isn’t without prior controversy. He previously locked horns with Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, over compliance with Turkish content restrictions, highlighting the delicate balance between business operations and freedom of expression.
In his latest social media spectacle, Musk reaffirms his status as one of the tech world’s most unconventional figures, unafraid of stirring the pot with his unique blend of humour, wealth, and influence.