Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk is “thinking seriously” about building a new social media platform, the billionaire said in a tweet on Saturday.
Mr. Musk responded to a Twitter user’s question whether he would consider building a social media platform made up of an open-source algorithm and one that prioritizes free speech, and where propaganda is minimal. .
Seriously thinking about this
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 27, 2022
Elon Musk, himself a prolific user of Twitter, has recently been critical of the social media platform and its policies. He has said the company is undermining democracy by not adhering to the principles of free speech.
His tweet comes a day after he posted a Twitter poll asking users if they believe Twitter adheres to the principle of free speech, which more than 70 percent voted “no” to.
“The implications of this poll will be important. Please vote with caution,” he said on Friday.
The implications of this poll will be significant. Vote carefully.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 25, 2022
If Mr. Musk decides to go ahead with creating a new platform, he would join a growing portfolio of tech companies that position themselves as champions of free speech and hope to attract users who feel their opinions are being voiced. suppressed on platforms such as Twitter, Meta Platform’s Facebook and Alphabet-owned Google’s YouTube.
None of the companies, including Donald Trump’s Truth Social, Twitter competitors Gettr and Parler, and video site Rumble, have yet come close to the reach and popularity of the mainstream platforms.