WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Elon Musk joked that he intended to buy Coca-Cola to “put the cocaine back in”.
- The billionaire made the comment just days after he bought Twitter for $44 billion.
- His followers joked that he should buy other companies to bring back television shows and other favorite products that were discontinued.
Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion this week. Now, the billionaire made a joke on social media that he intended to buy Coca-Cola to “put the cocaine back in.” Since it was posted on Wednesday, the tweet has received over 3.8 million likes and retweets about a hundred thousand times.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) confirmed that there is truth behind all this. Coca-Cola’s original formula did indeed contain “cocaine in the form of an extract of the coca leaf” when John Pemberton first developed the formulation in 1885.
DEA explained that cocaine was legal and a common ingredient in medicines. Back then, people assumed that cocaine in small amounts was safe, but this was not the case. Cocaine was removed from the formulation in 1903.
American Academy of Pediatrics reported that cocaine can cause irregular heartbeat, which can lead to serious heart-related complications that are more serious, including heart attacks.
Others joined in on the conversation and joked that the billionaire should buy other companies in order to bring back discontinued products or television series that are no longer on air.
The billionaire appears to be enjoying his time as Twitter’s new owner, tweeting about and has tweeted about his plans to encrypt direct messages and make the platform “politically neutral.”
“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement after the purchase. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spambots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential — I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”
Musk is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $253 billion as of Thursday. This is reported in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.