Elon Musk Explains Instagram Account Deletion in Cryptic Tweet

The post shared with a reference to one of T.S. Eliot's most famous radical poems has the media in a frenzy trying to decipher the CEO's intentions.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Famed entrepreneur Elon Musk deleted his Instagram this week without much fanfare. The account was mostly used by the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to share more intimate details on his companies and give fans teaser glimpses on new fun products.


So it was rather strange that the man known as a prolific social media user would suddenly delete one of his accounts without notice early Monday morning. On Tuesday, a rather vague and cryptic explanation for his actions was shared by Musk that left people with even more questions than before.

Death by Water

In a reply to a fan on his still active Twitter account regarding his Instagram deletion, Musk said that the network "gives you Death by Water." This was followed by a simple statement that he merely did not like the app.

Musk's Instagram account had more than 8 million followers before disappearing. It was reported missing in the early hours of Monday by several media outlets who seem to follow the entrepreneur's every move.

Speculations have already begun on what the philosophical new tweet may mean. Musk had earlier shared a reference to T.S. Eliot's 'Death by Water,' the fourth part of the author's most famous poem 'The Waste Land.'

The CEO had included some lines from the section along with a link to the poem's Wikipedia page. The section, the shortest of the poem's five, is considered to be a musing on profit and loss in life.

The script, in general, is a complex poem pertaining to the psychological crisis experienced by Americans after suffering a loss in cultural identity post World War I. When published at the time, the work was considered radically experimental, something Musk may relate to.

A blessed release

'Death by Water' also features the story of a Phoenician sailor Phlebas who drowns at sea. Analyses of the script have often said that this death offered the sailor a blessed release while at the same time serving to illustrate the futility of empire-building.

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Naturally, people have begun to speculate the CEO may be looking for a respite from his many complicated projects and accompanying constant scrutiny. The deactivation also came soon after rapper Azealia Banks posted a series of threatening messages on her Instagram account claiming the CEO was withholding her phone.

The media has been flooded with bizarre claims of a feud between the entrepreneur and the star fuelled by the latter's constant allegations. Banks is notorious for her many celebrity fights.



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