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Elon Musk’s Chinese Lookalike ‘Yilong Musk’ Banned From Social Media

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Alas, it looks like Elon Musk may not fulfill his desire to meet his Chinese doppelganger ‘Yilong Musk’ (alias). As a result of ‘violating community guidelines,’ the billionaire’s lookalike has been banished from Chinese social media platforms and might prove harder to track down henceforth.

As of last week, Yilong (or whoever’s behind him) has been barred from posting on the microblogging platform Weibo and China’s version of TikTok, Douyin. While the much-discussed personality still has three posts on the former, all his content on the latter has been deleted.

Bursting onto the social media scene in December 2021, Yilong took the internet by storm for his strong resemblance to the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. Some netizens even wondered if both were long-lost twins.

In response to the rumors, Elon himself jokingly speculated that he might be “partly Chinese.”

Public scrutiny of the lookalike mounted as other netizens accused Yilong of using AI face-changing technology. After all, some said, he looked nothing like Elon in his older photographs on Weibo.

Plagued by similar doubts, Elon himself took to Twitter to question if his Chinese counterpart was a deepfake.

The question remains: Who is Yilong Musk? Anyone with legitimate leads is encouraged to write to RADII.

Cover image via Weibo

Hanna Ramirez
    Hanna is currently a grad student at the University of Southern California in their East Asian Area studied department. She is currently an editorial intern at RADII based in Los Angeles, California. She is passionate about Chinese culture and language, especially Chinese film and contemporary art. In her free time, you can find her exploring new restaurants in Los Angeles, shopping for makeup with her friends, or painting.

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