Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk is giving a serious thought to building a new social media platform, the billionaire said in a tweet.
Musk was responding to a Twitter user’s question on whether he would consider building a social media platform consisting of an open source algorithm and one that would prioritize free speech, and where propaganda was minimal.
Would you consider building a new social media platform, @elonmusk? One that would consist an open source algorithm, one where free speech and adhering to free speech is given top priority, one where propaganda is very minimal. I think that kind of a platform is needed.
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) March 26, 2022
In its response, Elon Musk says that he wants to bring an alternative to Twitter since the micro blogging site is “failing to adhere to free speech principles”.
“Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy,” Musk noted in an official tweet that he posted over the weekend.
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
Musk, a prolific user of Twitter himself, has been critical of the social media platform and its policies of late. He has said the company is undermining democracy by failing to adhere to free speech principles.
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% voted “no”.
He did not share any specifics on what the hypothetical social media platform would look like or how it would work.