Did Elon Musk accidentally reveal his secret burner account? Twitter detectives are on the case

Twitter CEO Elon Musk may have inadvertently revealed his own secret burner account after a screenshot sent sleuths tracking down a user who asked, “Do you like Japanese girls?”

Since acquiring the social media platform last fall, the tech entrepreneur has routinely kept the public apprised of his efforts to revamp and fine-tune it into a public forum that users enjoy. One of those updates included the addition of a subscription service that, while highlighting, Musk revealed the profile pic of a secondary account.

“Content creators may wish to enable subscriptions on this platform,” he wrote Monday afternoon with the “Professional Tools” menu of his own profile open to show where “Monetization” could be selected. “Just tap on Monetization in settings.”

Observers were quick to notice the secondary image to the right of his profile picture that featured his youngest son, X Æ A-Xii, triggering a hunt to locate the alternative account.

Not long after, the profile of “Elon Test” was tracked down that had the same image and was created in November 2022, shortly after Musk’s acquisition of Twitter was completed.

A number of the tweets issued from the account appeared to have been written from the perspective of the toddler as one posted Monday said, “I will finally turn 3 on May 4th!” the actual birthday of Musk and entertainer Grimes’ child, and another had asked a user what nightclub they had visited before adding, “I wish I was old enough to go to night clubs. They sound so fun.”

One of the odder tweets issued forth from the suspected burner account was posted on the second day of activity when Elon Test replied to someone referencing Satoshi Nakamoto, believed to be a pseudonym for the developer of bitcoin, with the question, “Do you like Japanese girls?”

Throughout Musk’s tenure as ‘Chief Twit,’ there have been periodic highs and lows where users report fluctuating visibility of their posts. Based on a series of posts from late November into early December where Elon Test lamented his lack of followers writing, “Only one person is following me (sigh), “Hello, please follow me!” and “For the love of God, can someone follow me.” many speculated that Musk was using the account to test what was or wasn’t being seen and how users were interacting.

Worth noting, the suspected secondary account even replied to Musk’s confirmed account when the tech mogul had posted a joke about alleged fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried with a satirical image from a pornographic website that read, “Man F*cks 5 Million People At Once.”

The Test account replied, “Is this a real peon video?”

Warning: Language

Though Musk did not specifically confirm whether or not the Elon Test account belonged to him or not, he did react to the users pointing out the existence of an alternative profile by exclaiming, “You’d never guess it’s me!”


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