Elon Musk is famous for his stupid humor and he just confirmed it. The rich man promised Wikipedia $1 billion in exchange for changing the site’s name to an obscene one. The billionaire wants the website to become a “Ku***opedia”.
Billionaire Elon Musk offers Wikipedia huge amounts of money in exchange for embarrassing the platform with the offensive name Dickipedia. The rich man probably doesn’t expect that his condition will be met, but he used the opportunity to stab the party he doesn’t like.
Elon Musk jokes about Wikipedia – a billion dollars for “Ku***opedia”
“I will give them a billion dollars if they change their name to Ku***opedia,” wrote Elon Musk on X. Earlier, the billionaire expressed frustration with a banner displayed on the well-known encyclopedia, encouraging users to donate to the online initiative.
In subsequent entries, Musk insinuated that the money from donations does not go to maintaining the servers. “Ever wonder why the Wikimedia Foundation wants so much money? They certainly don’t need them to run Wikipedia. You can literally fit a copy of her entire text on your phone! So, where does this money go? Inquiring minds want to know,” the billionaire continued his attack.
His supporters quickly appeared in the comments under Musk’s post and accused Wikipedia even more harshly, including: about leftist tendencies. The rich man insinuated something similar last year. At the same time, Wiki defenders spoke out.
One of them added context to Musk’s tweet as part of a community note. “Although the English text version of Wikipedia takes up only 51 GB, the online encyclopedia in all languages and media takes up 428 TB. In 2022, the Wikimedia Foundation reported revenues of $154 million with costs of $145 million. – we read in it.
Interestingly, the community note added to Elon Musk’s messages is currently invisible.
Musk vs Wikipedia – “Wikipedia is not for sale”
The latest skirmish is a continuation of a longer conflict that Elon Musk has with Wikipedia. Last December, the billionaire criticized the platform for its “significant left-wing bias.” It was then about a discussion regarding the so-called Twitter Files, where Wikipedia editors wanted to remove the page about the scandal (it is currently available).
“I wonder how much Wikipedia costs,” Jon Levine, a New York Post journalist, wrote perversely to Musk on X. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales replied firmly that “Wikipedia is not for sale.” This phrase is still used today, among others by: asking for donations from users. A banner with exactly this formula most likely enraged Musk recently.