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Who is Yilong Ma? Elon Musk lookalike from China goes viral on TikTok

ELON Musk has a Chinese look-alike that’s making waves on social media.

Yilong Ma, also known as Elon Musk’s “Chinese twin brother”, has tens of thousands of followers on TikTok.

ELON Musk has a Chinese look-alike making a splash on TikTok.

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ELON Musk has a Chinese look-alike making a splash on TikTok.Photo credit: Getty

To date, the TikToker – whose name is @mayilong0 – has only uploaded eight videos, which have been viewed tens of millions of times.

The creator’s videos are awash with Twitter props and Tesla cars trying to spread the real Elon Musk’s content on social media.

In almost all roles, the Chinese social media star, who calls himself “Elong Musk,” wears a suit and a haircut similar to that of the Tesla boss.

Before becoming a star on TikTok, the content creator gained popularity on Weibo and Douyin – the Chinese language versions of Twitter and TikTok.

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However, those accounts have since been suspended for violating Weibo’s policies.

Ma confirmed he has no other social media accounts in his TikTok bio, which states, “All platform videos are ported, I only have TikTok. I love you.”

The Chinese TikToker posted his first video on TikTok in February, where he posted a post introducing himself as “Elon Musk’s Chinese brother.”

He added that it was also his first time speaking English and he was “a little nervous”.

Since then, the content has become so popular that it even made it onto the radar of the real Elon Musk.

“I’d love to meet this guy (if he’s real). It’s hard to tell with deepfakes these days,” Musk wrote in a May 9 tweet.

In response, Ma wrote in a Weibo post, “I’m here. I really want to see you too! I love you, you are my hero.”

What is a deepfake?

A deepfake is a digitally altered image or video that makes a person look like another person.

Typically, the technology was used to spread false information.

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Additionally, deepfake accounts have been gaining popularity lately as the technology becomes more accessible to the general public.

So far, public figures like Barack Obama and Tom Cruise have claimed that there are deepfake accounts pretending to be them.

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Chris Barrese

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