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Elon Musk Fires Back as Facebook Co-founder Compares Tesla to Enron Scandal

A feud between Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and Tesla’s Elon Musk escalates as Moskovitz likens Tesla to the infamous Enron scandal, prompting a fiery retort from Musk. Moskovitz alleges Tesla misled consumers on a grand scale, particularly regarding its Full-Self Driving (FSD) software. While Musk’s response steered clear of addressing the accusations directly, tensions between the tech titans continue to mount.

Enron, the energy behemoth that collapsed in 2001 amid revelations of extensive fraud and deceptive accounting practices, serves as the backdrop for Moskovitz’s comparison. Drawing parallels, he contends that Tesla’s actions echo the deceitful tactics employed by Enron, particularly in manipulating data related to its FSD software and vehicle capabilities.

Musk’s rebuttal, however, takes a more personal turn, with the Tesla CEO opting for inflammatory language to denounce Moskovitz. Despite the verbal sparring, concrete evidence supporting Moskovitz’s allegations remains elusive, although he has shared graphs purportedly from Tesla that suggest discrepancies in miles driven with the FSD software.

The conflict extends beyond verbal jousting, as Tesla faces ongoing scrutiny from federal regulators regarding its Autopilot system. Recent developments indicate that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is extending its investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot functionality. Concerns linger over whether Tesla’s measures to address safety issues adequately address the risk of misuse, following a series of crashes involving vehicles with the updated software.

While Tesla contends with legal battles and regulatory scrutiny, including lawsuits from drivers alleging misinformation about FSD capabilities, the broader implications of the feud between Moskovitz and Musk highlight the intensity of competition and discord within the tech industry’s upper echelons.

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