Elon Musk may have accidentally revealed a second “burner” Twitter account on Monday when he shared a screenshot of his own account whilst attempting to show users how to use Twitter’s subscription feature.
However, some tech-savvy social media users noticed a small circular image of a child playing with a replica of the SpaceX Starship, just to the right of Musk’s own Twitter user icon. The image appeared in the place on the Twitter user interface where secondary accounts appear.
Musk seemingly confirmed the existence of a second Twitter account in a reply to another social media user.
Elon Musk’s second Twitter account
“You’d never guess it’s me!” tweeted Musk in response to “DogeDesigner’s” claim that he had an alternative account on the social media platform.
BREAKING: Elon Musk has an alt account on Twitter 👀 pic.twitter.com/5ReAH6jeA5
— DogeDesigner (@cb_doge) April 24, 2023
The hunt was soon on for Musk’s second Twitter account. This did not prove easy, as the only information online enthusiasts had to work with was the small circular image displayed in the screenshot.
However, shortly after the post was made, a user alleged that they had discovered the burner account, which had the name “Elon Test” and the username @ErmnMusk, along with the same profile image. The user “Hurt CoPain” shared his purported discovery on a viral Twitter post.
— Hurt CoPain (@SaeedDiCaprio) April 24, 2023
The alleged second account
The account made a range of eclectic tweets, many of which focus on topics that Musk and his fans have an interest in, such as Tesla or cryptocurrency. Some of the tweets were replies to Musk’s known and verified account.
In some posts, whoever is behind the mysterious account appeared to roleplay as a child. For example, some tweets by the account complained about not being old enough to attend nightclubs.
“I will finally turn 3 on May 4th,” read another tweet. Significantly, this date corresponds with the birthday of X, the child of Musk with the singer Grimes. The image on the accounts also appears to be of X although the picture has not been shared before. The Starship replica in the image appears to be a model currently available for pre-order on the SpaceX website.
Some of the tweets were complaints made about not having enough followers. “For the love of god, can someone follow me>” bemoaned one such tweet by the “Elon Test” account.
Other tweets were even stranger. A reply to bitcoin advocate Michael Saylor’s post inquired whether he had a preference for “Japanese girls”, while another response to a post mentioning FTX employee Caroline Ellison simply read “I [heart] librarians”.
Beyond his initial reply to “DogeDesigner”, Musk has not commented further on speculation surrounding a second Twitter account. There is not enough firm evidence to conclude whether or not the “Elon Test” account really is operated by Musk himself.
Even the profile picture – the only evidence for the link – is tenuous at best. Internet users were scrabbling to find the alleged second account for long enough that the owner of the “Elon Test” account could have switched the profile picture to the one displayed in the original screenshot. There is no mechanism on Twitter to uncover when and if profile pictures were changed by users which means that there is no way to verify whether “Elon Test” was indeed the alleged account spotted in the screenshot.