Elon Musk has been hit by a barrage of criticism after he posted a number of bizarre tweets about the Thai cave rescue.
Mr Musk made a series of allegations towards Vern Unsworth, a diver who was helped rescue of the children from the cave, while giving no evidence for them.
The diver has said he is “astonished and very angry” by the posts, and suggested he could take legal action.
The tweets came after Mr Unsworth said that Mr Musk’s plan to save the children from the cave “had absolutely no chance of working”.
He said that the SpaceX boss had no conception of the makeup of the caves and that his involvement was simply a “PR stunt”.
Mr Musk proceeded to call Mr Unsworth “pedo guy” and suggested that he was suspect simply because he lived in Thailand.
Here, imagine being @elonmusk. You were building this reputation as a real life Tony Stark, a flawed but well meaning technology entrepreneur, somebody who would be mentioned in a future series of Star Trek.
Then you called a Thai cave rescue diver a paedophile.
— Limmy’s Vines at the Fringe (@DaftLimmy) 15 July 2018
Yesterday, he lied and said he was not a top 50 donor to a Republican Super Pac and today he called one of the divers who rescued the Thai soccer team a pedophile.
Hey @elonmusk, stop behaving like Trump & start behaving like a human being again.
— Ryan Knight 🌊 (@ProudResister) 15 July 2018
Please do not let @elonmusk come back from what he’s done.
A person risked their life to save children, and a billionaire accused them of being a child-rapist, just because that person admitted that the billionaire’s “help” was self-serving and not actually helpful. pic.twitter.com/nP20PI0fhG
— Hank Pattison Ω☠ (@HLHPattison) 16 July 2018
The SpaceX boss appeared to shrug off the intense criticism of the tweets. “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true,” he wrote to one of the Twitter users who questioned his claims.
But all of the numerous posts were later deleted without explanation. Mr Musk has now not posted since the outcry began. – Independent