Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc., said he is “seriously considering” building a new social media platform, a day after polling Twitter users on whether they believe the site adheres to the principle of free expression.
Musk was responding to a Twitter user who asked whether he would consider developing a new social media platform where “free expression is prioritized” and propaganda is “very limited.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “I’m definitely considering it.”
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? https://t.co/aPS9ycji37
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 26, 2022
Elon Musk, a vocal critic of Twitter and its standards, has previously launched a Twitter poll, asking users whether they believe Twitter adheres to the ideal of stringent free expression. He also asked readers to vote “carefully,” as the “consequences of this poll will be important,” according to him.
“No,” replied more than 70% of those questioned.
“Failure to respect free speech standards profoundly harms democracy since Twitter has become the de facto public town square.” “How should we proceed?” says the narrator. He posted on Twitter after the poll. “Does it appear that a new platform is required?”
None of the new social media companies that have positioned themselves as champions of free speech, such as Donald Trump’s Truth Social, Twitter competitors Getty, Parler, and Koo, have come close to matching the reach and popularity of social media behemoths like Twitter, Meta Platform’s Facebook, and Alphabet-owned Google’s YouTube.
Information Source: Reuters