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Musk Commits More Fraud on Twitter

On March 30, at 5:37PM EST, Musk wrote the following on Twitter: 

This is a photo of a Tesla semi carrying Tesla vehicles. 

At 6:45PM EST, Musk wrote a follow-up: 

This is false and misleading as the “Tesla semi” is not delivering Tesla vehicles. It is a prototype, as Tesla does not manufacture semi trucks. This demo version is sitting in a parking lot. It cannot legally make deliveries or operate on any roadway.

The photo posted in the first tweet is also doctored to produce a USDOT registration number and a red IFTA sticker (the current set are blue). The one edited onto the photo expired two months ago. 

In a video of the same truck carrying the same set of cars – which can be viewed here – neither a USDOT number or an IFTA sticker is visible (below). 

(Frame is from the 6.77-second mark of the hyperlinked video)

 

A Seeking Alpha article that was published Monday morning at 10:16AM EST was dedicated to the untruth that a “Tesla semi” had delivered Tesla vehicles, boosting the stock price by more than a percentage point within a half-hour. (These articles are picked up by popular investment platforms in real-time.) 

So it begs the questions:

- Why was the photo edited and who did it?

- Were these “Semi” posts pre-approved under the terms of the SEC/Musk consent judgment? The SEC is currently holding Musk in contempt for violating the agreement with respect to a different tweet.

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Given the various legal imbroglios Tesla and Musk are currently intertwined in – much of which stem from false and misleading information as it pertains to investor communications – this is another problematic episode.

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