Elon Musk makes promise to Tesla shareholders about Twitter

Musk took over Twitter in late October

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently made a promise to shareholders of his electric vehicle maker about the Twitter acquisition.

Musk "will make sure Tesla shareholders benefit from Twitter long-term," he vowed in a tweet Tuesday evening.

His comment was in response to a Twitter user arguing the Tesla CEO’s recent takeover of the social media platform "elevates Tesla’s brand reach and marketing."

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The billionaire completed his $44 billion purchase of Twitter in late October, months after the start of a legal battle between him and the social media company that eventually involved a Delaware court giving them a deadline for closing the deal. 

Changes that Musk has made at Twitter since taking over include laying off half its workforce, launching a purchasable verification badge and ending enforcement under the platform’s COVID-19 misleading misinformation policy.

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SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File / AP Newsroom)

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The promise that Tesla stockholders would see benefit from Twitter in the long-term comes as Tesla's stock has seen some declines. The electric vehicle maker's share price fell more than 2% on Wednesday and is down roughly 60% year-to-date. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TSLA TESLA INC. 147.05 -2.88 -1.92%

Amid the recent performance of Tesla’s stock, some of its big investors have appeared to grow restless over the amount of focus Musk has apparently directed toward Twitter. 

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A closeup of the Tesla logo on a charger at a Supercharger rapid battery charging station for Tesla Motors in Mountain View, California, on Aug. 24, 2016. (Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images / Getty Images)

While testifying in court last month, the Tesla CEO said he expected to "reduce my time at Twitter" and "find someone else to run" the social media platform "over time," The Wall Street Journal reported. He reportedly acknowledged much of his time has been dedicated to Twitter since he bought it, though he also expressed expectations at the time that would change.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk stands in the foundry of the Tesla Gigafactory during a press event. (Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images / Getty Images)

He also serves as CEO of SpaceX and co-founded three other companies: OpenAI, Neuralink and The Boring Company.

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Musk, appearing virtually at a conference in mid-November, described his workload as "not something I’d recommend, frankly."

Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.