'Isn't there a better example?': Internet slams Elon Musk after he tweets meme featuring Nazi soldier

The tweet comes just days after Musk rolled out the controversial new $8 paid subscription system for people with blue checkmark accounts

'Isn't there a better example?': Internet slams Elon Musk after he tweets meme featuring Nazi soldier
Elon Musk shared a meme of a German soldier carrying a cage of pigeons on his back (Britta Pedersen-Pool/Getty Images and @elonmusk/Twitter)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Elon Musk, who became the owner of Twitter on October 27, 2022, is under fire for sharing a meme featuring a Nazi soldier as he compared modern communication methods to old ones on Monday, November 7. However, this didn’t go down well with people who asked, “Isn't there a better example, Elon? Right now, in the ongoing debate around developments here on Twitter?”

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The black and white photo shared by the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire showed a soldier carrying a cage of pigeons on his back with the caption, "3 unread messages.” Musk wrote, “How times have changed.” In a subsequent tweet in the same thread, he added, “Back when birds were real,” followed by, “But if Twitter is bird, that’s means… [ with a head-exploding emoji]." But soon, netizens pointed out that the photo shows a WWII-era German soldier, known as the Wehrmacht, during the invasion of France in May 1940, according to a report by the Independent.

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Musk's meme, which came just days after he rolled out the controversial new paid subscription system of $8 for people with blue checkmark accounts and laid off thousands of Twitter employees, was heavily criticized.

One social media user wrote, "Hi Elon, not sure if you did so intentionally, but that picture is of a Nazi soldier. Given the relentless hate already directed at Jews on this platform, and this week marking 84 years since the Kristallnacht, may I respectfully ask you to please withdraw this image. Thank you."

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Another mocked the meme and wrote, "Hey, let's use the carrier pigeons of the German Wehrmacht from World War II to illustrate technology development in an awesome way?" "But isn't there a better example, Elon? Right now, in the ongoing debate around development here on Twitter?" "No, Wehrmacht imagery is best."


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A user questioned, "You shared a picture of a Nazi soldier… was this on purpose? Or did you get again just google and post the first damn thing you found?"

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One more wrote, "What would possess @elonmusk to post a photo of a Nazi soldier? Before he fired many members of his content moderation team, such content would have been removed & the account suspended. Is Musk telling us about his politics? BTW, he has recommended Americans vote Republican."

While another individual said, "It is weird/concerning how often @elonmusk (owner of @Twitter & @Tesla) tweets out Nazi memes."

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