ELON Musk is “giving serious thought” to building a new social media platform. Musk shared his thoughts on Twitter after being asked if a new platform is something he’d consider.
When asked about whether he would consider building a new social media platform with an open-source algorithm, where free speech is given top priority and propaganda is minimized, Musk replied: “Am giving serious thought to this.”
The discussion began when Musk put up a Twitter poll Friday asking his 79.2 million followers to vote whether they believe Twitter adheres to the principle of free speech, which “is essential to a functioning democracy,” he wrote.
Musk emphasized: “The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.” After 24 hours, the poll ended with more than 2 million votes; 70.4% said no.
Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission said it would not let Musk out of a 2018 agreement that requires his use of Twitter to be overseen by Tesla lawyers. Musk has objected to the subpoena, claiming that it inhibits his freedom of speech.
If Musk proceeds with the idea, he would join other celebrities who have created their own platform.
Former President Donald Trump launched his platform, Truth Social, in February. Earlier this month, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell launched Frank Speech, his version of YouTube, and told Insider that he is planning to release a second app, Frank Social, which he states is an alternative to Facebook.
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