Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg sat across from each other during the Senate AI meeting

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Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg sat across from each other at the closed-door “AI Insights Forum” held on Capitol Hill on September 13.
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  • Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg sat far apart in a closed-door Senate meeting on AI.
  • The feuding tech moguls previously considered settling their differences in a cage match.
  • Musk said the closed-door forum “was a very polite discussion.”

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have yet to lace up the gloves for their cage match, but they were kept apart during Wednesday’s closed-door Senate meeting on artificial intelligence.

A snapshot of their reunion at the “AI Insight Forum” on Capitol Hill showed the two men sitting at opposite ends of an extremely long table.

Also present at the meeting were technology executives such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates and OpenAI’s Sam Altman, who also had disagreements with Musk.

Musk and Zuckerberg have been feuding since 2016 after a SpaceX rocket explosion destroyed Facebook’s first satellite.

Relations between the two were further strained when Zuckerberg launched the text-based social media platform Threads in July. Threads was widely seen as a rival to Musk-owned Platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

The feud got so heated that the two considered squashing their beef in the ring this year. Musk challenged Zuckerberg to a cage fight on June 20, and Zuckerberg took the bait a day later.

To date, they have neither settled on a date for their fight, nor a venue for the showdown.

Their differences aside, it looks like Musk and Zuckerberg got through the session without a fist bump.

β€œIt was a very polite discussion among some of the smartest people in the world,” Musk told reporters on his way out of the meeting, according to CNBC.

Representatives for X and Meta did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside regular business hours.

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