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Elon Musk slams ‘cringe’ LinkedIn, hints at creating competitor to Microsoft-owned app

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Billionaire Elon Musk on Saturday hinted at developing an X (formerly Twitter) competitor to the career networking and Microsoft-owned jobs portal platform, LinkedIn. 

Musk hinted at the possibility when responding to an X user who posted: "Is there anything worse than LinkedIn?" 

Elon Musk and LinkedIn

R: Elon Musk, billionaire and chief executive officer of Tesla, at the Viva Tech fair in Paris, France, on Friday, June 16, 2023; the LinkedIn logo displayed on a phone.  (Getty Images / Getty Images)

Musk said he sometimes receives LinkedIn links for job applications but prefers a resume or bio to be emailed because "the cringe level is so high that I just can’t bring myself to use it." 

"We will make sure that the X competitor to LinkedIn is cool," Musk said. 

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Musk, who has at times been known to make grandiose promises without following through, did not elaborate on his plans. Most recently he raised the possibility of a cage match with his rival, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. But as of late August, that has failed to materialize. 

Elon Musk's X account and Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook account on cell phone screens

Elon Musk’s X account and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account are seen on mobile phones screens. ((Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

The Tesla CEO took control of Twitter in a $44 billion acquisition last fall after a chaotic and protracted legal battle that stretched on for months.

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