In a tweet in regards to the obvious Substack restriction on April 8, Elon Musk mentioned, amongst different issues, “seems Matt is/was an worker of Substack,” although it is unclear what he was making an attempt to suggest with that assertion. Quick-forward two days, and in response to a tweet posted in a dialog thread beneath Michael Shellenberger — additionally a Twitter Recordsdata author — Musk shared a few screenshots of DMs he had exchanged with Taibbi. In them, Taibbi described himself as a Substack worker, to which Musk requested if he was, in truth, an worker, prompting clarification from Taibbi, who mentioned he’s loyal to Substack and that his subscribers over there are collectively his “employer.”
Musk has since deleted the screenshots, although there isn’t any scarcity of criticism over his resolution to share them publicly within the first place. In the meantime, Musk claimed in a tweet posted within the dialog on Monday that Substack was “illegally downloading huge quantities of information to pre-populate their Twitter clone,” blaming the momentary restrictions on that. For its half, Substack publicly thanked Twitter for reversing its actions, noting in a separate tweet that it would not take into account its upcoming Notes platform a direct Twitter competitor.