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At Elon Tusk: Tesla chief changes Twitter display name

FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in Shanghai, China, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

(Reuters) – Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk changed his Twitter display name to “Elon Tusk” in a late-night flurry of tweets on Wednesday, which also promised news of his electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc later this week.

In a series of tweets to his 25 million followers following costs of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week, Musk accused the regulator of not reading Tesla’s annual reports, and said its monitoring was “broken”.

On Wednesday, he changed his name and added an elephant tag.

Social media platforms are featured a number of memes involving wordplay around Musk name of this week.

He also promised Tesla would have “news” at 2 pm California time on Thursday. The company deeply in debt as it ramps up production of the popular Model, the 3 sedan, is due to the repayment of a $920 million convertible bond a day later.

Musk had promised last year to his public statements, approved by the board of directors, as part of a settlement with the SEC that went on the road calls for him to step down as Tesla CEO.

Tesla did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Patrick Graham, Bernard Orr

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