Elon Musk Takes a Shot at Shorting

Published 01/29/2021, 6:21 AM EST
Dublin, Wednesday 31th October 2013: Pictured at the The Web Summit 2013, RDS. Photo by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media


The war between short-sellers and Redditors has taken the internet by storm. A bunch of internet users recently took on Wall Street brokers who were banking on GameStop to crash. The back and forth led to a series of celebrities, including Elon Musk and Congresswoman AOC, joining in on the discussion.

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Many internet users warned people of the repercussion of advertising this trading war. However, the richest person on Earth and a popular politician talk about something, the world will know about it.

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk introduces the newly unveiled all-electric battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck at Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Amidst all this, Elon Musk came out to publicly shame shorting. Shorting, another term for the ‘Short Selling’ method of trading, has been used by Wall Street brokers for almost a century. However, Elon feels, for all intents and purposes, shorting is unethical and should be illegal.

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His rationale behind the discontent is that one cannot sell something they do not own. Since shorting primarily comprises the selling of borrowed stocks, Elon Musk called it a “scam”.

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Naturally, seeing all of this as an opportunity, many traders started betting on either side of the GME stock. Elon’s tweets have only attracted unnecessary attention to the matter.

With everything happening live on the internet, it is difficult to determine how ethical this is. Therefore, Robinhood, the popular trading platform, halted any GME stock sale through its app. However, the backlash that followed proved that Robinhood chose to go down a slippery slope.

A lot of people, especially many from the gaming community, are full of concerns. They have come out to express their lack of faith in trading platforms such as Robinhood. Twitter is full of rants and memes on the trading app, leading to major losses for the company.

Mike “hastr0” Rufail, the owner of the gaming organization Envy, which is also the parent company of the current Call of Duty League champions Dallas Empire, came up with an excellent idea. In a recent tweet, hastr0 said that he will be funding and advising a brokerage startup.

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This seems like an interesting crossover where the gaming community finds itself mixed up in the trading business. If nothing, it can make up for the education system’s failure in teaching children a thing or two about stock trading.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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