Some fake screenshots of newspaper headlines have published about the death of billionaire Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, such as "Elon Musk died at the age of 49 after a Tesla battery exploded," or "Elon Musk's death - what does this mean for the stock market, and why is this good for Americans?"
The rumors came a day after the spread of news that billionaire investor Ron Barron sold $ 1.
The company's valuation fell by more than $ 100 billion in just a few days this week, but analysts were not concerned, and they still expected the automaker to be worth a trillion dollars by the end of the year, according to Electrek.
Tesla's followers were not affected by the trolls. One of them wrote, "Elon Musk isn't dead!" "Do not listen to these fake stories. They post fake links that lead to nothing, also they post screenshots of fake news."
One of the trolls decided to craft a complete statement that he allegedly sent to Tesla investors.
"We are conducting an internal investigation to find out who spoke to the media in this matter," the fake statement said. "We must absolutely must find a replacement for Mr. Musk before announcing his death publicly."
The statement was "signed" by the Tesla PR team, and ironically, Tesla excluded the entire PR department last year.
It is possible that the rumors were sparked by some of those betting against the company for a profit this week of Tesla's stock price crash, but in any case it did not lead to what they were seeking.