Tesla CEO Elon Musk giving 'serious thought' to build new social media platform

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is giving "serious thought" to building a new social media platform, the billionaire said in a tweet while responding to a user's question on whether he would consider building a social media platform which would consist an open source algorithm and would prioritize free speech as well as have minimal propaganda.

File photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (REUTERS)
File photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

While Musk himself has been a prolific user of Twitter, and has been critical of the social media platform and its policies of late, he said that the platform is undermining democracy by failing to adhere to free speech principles. His tweet comes a day after he put up a Twitter poll asking users if they believed Twitter adheres to the principle of free speech. Over 70% of Twitter users voted "no".

Musk, while posting the poll, has written, "The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully." He also wrote, “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy."

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If Musk actually decides to go ahead with creating the new social media platform, he would be joining a growing number of technology companies that are positioning themselves as champions of free speech. These companies hope to draw and engage users who feel their views are suppressed on platforms such as Twitter, Meta Platform's Facebook and Alphabet-owned Google's YouTube.

There are many alternative social media platforms out there including Donald Trump's Truth Social, Twitter competitors Gettr and Parler and video site Rumble. However, none of these companies have come close to matching the reach and popularity of the mainstream social media platforms so far.

In an earlier tweet on March 25, Musk had written that “free speech is essential to a functioning democracy," and also questioned if Twitter “rigorously adheres to this principle."

(with inputs from agencies)

First Published Date: 27 Mar 2022, 16:40 PM IST
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