American billionaire Elon Musk, in his first public appearance since announcing his official withdrawal from the Twitter acquisition deal, spent most of his time at a conference of media moguls talking about Mars and his quest to build a civilization on Mars.
His appearance came less than 24 hours after he announced his deal with Twitter for $44 billion.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX appeared during the annual media magnates conference in Sun Valley, attended by a group of businessmen.
Although he tried to avoid talking about the Twitter deal, he reaffirmed allegations of fake accounts on the social media site while addressing an audience of business leaders.
Musk took the stage at a conference organized by Allen & Company, an annual gathering of CEOs from media and technology companies in Idaho.
A few days ago, Musk said he would do everything he could to help the so-called “underpopulation crisis,” after a media report suggested he had twins with the CEO of his startup Neuraling.
Musk’s presence at the conference shook up the crowd, where headline events usually take place away from the prying eyes of the media.
Sam Altman, CEO of Open All, interviewed Musk. The company specializes in artificial intelligence research and is funded by Musk.
A senior media official, who did not want to be named, said before the interview, “It feels like complete chaos… Man makes his own rules.”
Earlier, Musk said he was canceling his deal to buy Twitter, saying the social media company failed to provide information about fake accounts on its site.
Musk’s lawyers said in a notice to regulators that Twitter has failed or refused to respond to numerous requests for information about fake or unwanted accounts on the site, which is essential to the company’s business.
Twitter shares fell 6% in after-hours trading.
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