Elon Musk's Chinese doppelgnger, Yilong Ma, has been suspended on Chinese social media.
Insider saw that his accounts on China's TikTok and Twitter were wiped clean at press time.Musk previously expressed a desire to meet Ma in person after Ma went viral on social media.
Elon Musk's viral Chinese doppelgnger, Yilong Ma, appears to have been suspended on the Chinese versions of TikTok and Twitter.
At press time, Insider saw that Ma's page on Douyin China's version of TikTok had been purged of all content. At the same time, a content-restriction notification citing a violation of the platform's policies was slapped on Ma's page on Weibo, the country's Twitter-like platform.
Representatives from Douyin's parent company, Bytedance, and Weibo's parent company, Sina, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.
In a response to press queries from Insider, Ma said he had not received an appropriate explanation from Weibo or Douyin on why his account was suspended. At press time, he had not responded to a follow-up request from Insider to verify via video call if he truly resembled Musk.
At press time, Ma's page on the international version of TikTok, where he is known by the username "Elong Musk," was still active. Ma has more than 239,000 followers on the platform, with about 3.9 million likes on his videos.
"All platform videos are ported, I only have TikTok. I love you," said the profile description on Ma's TikTok page. Ma first went viral on Douyin in November 2020 for videos that appeared to show a striking resemblance to Musk. He later attracted the attention of Musk when the Tesla CEO quipped in response to a clip of Ma that he, too, may be partly Chinese.
Ma subsequently uploaded several videos on TikTok, including one in which he expressed his thoughts on Musk's high-profile acquisition of Twitter. In this clip, he points excitedly at a printout of the Twitter icon, calling it "my bird!"
Ma's latest video on TikTok is a photo compilation of him posing in front of a Tesla, captioned: "I want to take my brother for a ride in my Tesla! #elonmusk #tesla."
Ma's popularity later led to the Tesla CEO saying he would like to meet Ma in person.
"I'd like to meet this guy (if he is real)," Musk tweeted. Hard to tell with deepfakes these days.
"I am here. I want very much to see you too! I love you, you are my hero," Ma wrote in response to the billionaire in a post on Weibo.