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Elon Musk creates his own 'burner account' to praise himself

Elon Musk is accused of making his own "imaginary" fans on X

By Web Desk
February 21, 2024
Tesla CEO Elon Musk smiles as he addresses guests at the Offshore Northern Seas 2022 (ONS) meeting in Stavanger, Norway, on August 29, 2022. — AFP
Tesla CEO Elon Musk smiles as he addresses guests at the Offshore Northern Seas 2022 (ONS) meeting in Stavanger, Norway, on August 29, 2022. — AFP

A strange new theory circulating on internet forums claims that Elon Musk is showing himself a lot of love via a "burner account" on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Following reports that Musk is responding to his own posts on social media via an "imaginary fan" account called "Adrian Dittmann," individuals have taken to social media to voice their concerns. The blue tick-verified account was observed frequently posting messages of appreciation, according to Daily Mail.

This Monday, Pekka Kallioniemi, the creator of The Soup Central, a channel that claims to offer "in-depth knowledge on disinformation, bad actors, and information operations," uploaded a thread on the "wild theory" that has had 5.1 million views.

He noted it "wouldn't be the first time Elon is using alt accounts to interact on X" after users tracked down an "Elon Test" account in which the Tesla founder posed as his two-year-old son and criticised his ex-partner, Grimes.

Adrian Dittmann is the alleged burner account of Elon Musk. — X/@adraindittmann
Adrian Dittmann is the alleged "burner account" of Elon Musk. — X/@adraindittmann

Additionally, it was reported last month that an account on X had been suspended for complaining that Dittmann was "harassing" him and that the latter had "asked his friends to ID me in a Twitter space" after criticising Musk in public. Later, the account holder made it clear that they had left the website on their own volition.

However, during their late-night Monday conversation on the allegations, Dittmann requested "five minutes" with Musk in order to "clear up the alt account matter". In addition to openly addressing the vocal similarities, the discussion raised further claims that Musk had employed an AI imitation to quell the rumours.

Dittmann gained popularity last year when Musk, during the former's appearance on Alex Jones' contentious InfoWars podcast, pointed out the vocal similarities between the two. 

The billionaire tech entrepreneur said, "at some point there's just going to be like 100 AI clones of me that sound exactly the same."