PALO ALTO, CA — In an event being dubbed ‘The Clash of the Tech Titans’, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have reportedly been locked in an epic battle of wits, hacking prowess, and egos that has Silicon Valley gripped with a mixture of fear and delight.
The event began late last night when a seemingly innocent tweet from Musk read, “Bet I could tweak the Facebook algorithm to make Dogecoin trend #1.” Zuckerberg, never one to shy away from a challenge, replied with a simple, “Game on.”
What followed has been described as an “electronic fencing match,” with each billionaire using their elite teams of programmers and cybersecurity experts to go head to head in a duel that would make any cyberpunk enthusiast squeal with joy.
Soon after the initial exchange, reports of strange happenings began to emerge. Facebook users started noticing that their status updates were being autocorrected to include various space puns, while SpaceX’s website became peppered with random ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons.
When Instagram’s filters all began to include a tiny image of a SpaceX rocket, it was clear that Musk had taken the challenge to heart. In retaliation, SpaceX’s launch live stream suddenly began suggesting viewers ‘poke’ the rockets for a surprise – the surprise being an animated Mark Zuckerberg riding the rocket into space.
Though it has caused quite a stir, no significant damage or security breaches have been reported. Both Musk and Zuckerberg have assured their respective user bases that the rivalry is all in good fun, though the constant one-upmanship shows no sign of slowing.
In a recent tweet, Musk promised, “Ready for round two, Zuck? This time, let’s get the Mars Rovers to update their statuses on Facebook.”
Zuckerberg’s response? “Only if the next Starship mission includes delivery of a giant ‘like’ thumbs-up sculpture to Mars.”
Silicon Valley hasn’t seen this kind of eccentric billionaire shenanigans since the time Larry Ellison and Bill Gates got into a yacht-racing contest. Experts and spectators alike can only wait and watch as this war of wits continues to unfold, one hack at a time. The only consensus? This is the most entertaining tech rivalry in recent history.