The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has said that he is giving serious thought to building a new social media platform. However, no other details were mentioned about the social platform regarding its working or design. His tweet comes a day after he put out a Twitter poll asking users if they believed Twitter adheres to the principle of free speech, to which over 70 percent voted “no”. He mentioned: “The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.”
Am giving serious thought to this
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 27, 2022
Elon Musk’s new social media platform will value the freedom of speech
Musk wrote a tweet; “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?” He followed the latter part of the tweet asking whether a new platform is needed or not. In another tweet, Musk mentioned that free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. He also questioned Twitter it “rigorously adheres to its principle.”
A Twitter user, that goes by the name of “PPathole” asked Musk if he would consider building a new social media platform that would consist of an open-source algorithm. The user also suggested that the new platform should be one where free speech and adhering to free speech is given top priority and where propaganda is very minimal. To which, Musk replied that he is seriously giving it a thought.
Following in Trump’s footsteps
Trump started his own social media platform when he was banned from Twitter in January 2021. Elon Musk seems to be following in his footsteps to ditch the platform due to obstructing the rights of freedom of speech. Matt Navarra, a social media consultant, said; “There seems to be a trend for wealthy individuals with a polarizing presence on social media that gets them in trouble, to want to build their own platforms,” He further added; “One can only assume their logic is by building their own social network, they get to create the content moderation rules they often fall foul of on Twitter, Facebook.”