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Elon Musk jokes he’ll leave Twitter to YouTubers if he’s assassinated by Russia

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The eccentric billionaire casually agreed to hand over the social media network to a YouTube hoax if he is killed by Putin’s agents for using his Starlink satellites

After Elon Musk playfully tweeted that he was in danger of being assassinated by Russian agents, one of his fans – famed YouTuber Mr. Beast – asked the SpaceX boss if he would let him use Twitter in his will.

Musk, who recently bought the social media network for $43bn (£34.9bn), seemed to agree – he simply told the YouTube star ‘OK’.

Russian Space Agency chief Dmitry Rogozin had warned in response to the use of Musk’s Starlink satellite network to restore internet devices in Ukraine that the billionaire would be “held accountable like an adult” for his involvement in Ukraine’s defense.

Musk’s response – a tongue-in-cheek reference to the poisonings of Putin critics Alexei Navalny and Alexander Litvinenko – was a tweet: “If I die under mysterious circumstances, it was nice to know you.”

But that light-hearted response didn’t sit well with Musk’s mom, Maye Musk, who responded on Twitter with an angry emoji and said, “That’s not funny.”

To show that even billionaires do what their mothers tell them, Musk replied, “Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.”

Elon Musk is known for his flippant comments on Twitter, dating back to 2017 when he said, “How much does it cost?” in response to someone who suggested he buy the network.

Mr. Beast, known to his mother as Jimmy Donaldson, is a successful YouTube personality who is reportedly making around $1 million a month.

His channel has more than 95 million subscribers and in 2021 the 24-year-old was named America’s Best YouTube Creator for the second year in a row.

While Donaldson, 24, is best known for his zany video stunts, he’s also a major fundraiser for charities, donating 100% of proceeds from his Beast Philanthropy channel to food charities.

He also launched the #TeamTrees campaign, which raised funds to plant 20 million trees around the world.

One of the campaign’s big donors was Elon Musk, who donated $1 million (£810,000) – giving Donaldson 5% of the way to that goal.

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