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Elon Musk reemerges after his longest Twitter break in four years with a picture of himself and the Pope

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Elon Musk said people's tweets don't need to be "broadcasted across the whole country" if they aren't valuable.
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  • Elon Musk broke his ten-day Twitter silence with a photo of himself and Pope Francis.
  • Musk tweeted he was "honored" to meet His Holiness while visiting him in Italy.  
  • The Tesla CEO is still in the process of purchasing the platform for $44 billion.
  • For more stories, go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.

After one of his longest stretches of not posting on Twitter, Elon Musk broke his nine-day silence with a photo of himself and Pope Francis. 

In the photo, Musk is standing to the right of the Pope while four of his children are scattered to the left of him. They're all standing a few feet away from each other dressed in suits. Musk commented on his own outfit, saying his own suit was "tragic."

Musk tweeted he was "honored" to meet His Holiness. 

The Twitter bot that tracks Musk's private jet showed the Tesla CEO flying from Austin, Texas, to Rome, Italy, on June 30. 

According to Fox News, Musk was accompanied by his children Griffin, Kai, Damian, and Sax. Their mother is his first wife, Justine Wilson.

Musk didn't just tweet about meeting the Pope. He also tweeted: "feeling … perhaps … a little bored?", an old image of himself and ex-wife Talulah in Venice, and a tribute to Technoblade, a gaming YouTuber who died of cancer at 23.

The Wall Street Journal analysed Musk's Twitter habits and found he hadn't gone more than six days without tweeting since January 2018.

Musk is still in the process of purchasing the platform for $44 billion. In April, he reached a deal to buy the company and take it private, but the offer was put on hold over concerns that bots on the platform might be flawed. In response, Twitter gave him more user data and has been "bending over backwards" to comply with his demands.

The Vatican and Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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