Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly giving some serious thought about launching a new social media platform according to a tweet by him this Saturday. Musk was actually responding to a question posed by a Twitter user where he was asked if he would consider the building of a social media platform with an open-source algorithm where there would be minimal propaganda and the right of free speech would be the utmost priority.
Musk himself uses Twitter in a prolific manner to reach out to his followers and of late has been quite critical of the Twitter platform and its latest policies. He was quoted as saying that Twitter undermines democracy because it does not adhere to the principles of fair speech.
Musk’s tweet came just a day after he organized a Twitter poll where he asked users if they thought Twitter goes by the tenet of adhering to free speech, and the result of the poll was a big “no” from 70% of the respondents. On Friday, he had said that the consequences of the poll would be vitally important and asked his followers to think carefully before they voted.
If and when Musk goes on to launch a social media platform, he will join the ranks of a rapidly growing portfolio of big tech companies who are strategically positioning their stance as protectors and promoters of free speech. They have the target of drawing users from platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube who feel that their views are consciously suppressed by content moderators and policies of the companies in question.