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- PolitiFact found no evidence that Musk tweeted this. The purported tweet did not appear on Musk’s official Twitter, and we could not find an archived version of it either.
An image making its rounds on social media shows a purported tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk lamenting the logic of letting an 18-year-old amass six figures of student debt but not allowing them to acquire a business loan.
"The fact that an 18 year old can't take out a $10,000 business loan. But can take out a $100,000 student loan tells you everything you need to know," reads an April 25 Facebook post showing the supposed tweet (poor grammar included).
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Musk has, on occasion, made national headlines for bizarre remarks on social media. Shortly after announcing a majority stake in Twitter, for example, Musk referred to himself as being in "goblin mode."
But PolitiFact found no evidence that Musk tweeted this comparison of restrictions for business loans and student loans for young adults. The purported tweet did not appear on Musk’s official Twitter, and we could not find an archived version.
The Facebook post provided no defining information for the tweet, such as a date or a time stamp.
Musk did tweet on Dec. 28, 2019, that he worked his way through college and ended up with around $100,000 in student debt. But that’s not the same tweet that’s being circulated here.
We rate this claim False.
Facebook post, April 25, 2022
Elon Musk, tweet, Dec. 28, 2019
Elon Musk on Twitter, assessed April 27, 2022
Tweet, March 21, 2022
Tweet, May 25, 2021
Tweet, Feb. 8, 2021
Axios, Elon Musk goes into full goblin mode, April 14, 2022
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