New social media platform? Elon Musk tweet generates a stir

Ground Report | New Delhi: Elon Musk new social media; Elon Musk has hinted at the possibility of starting his own social media company after asking his Twitter followers, “Is a new platform needed?” The world’s richest man posted the question on his Twitter profile on Sunday, two days after posting a poll asking if his followers thought Twitter “rigorously adheres” to the principle of free speech.

At the time of creating the survey, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX said: “The consequences of this survey will be important. Please vote carefully.” Musk, a prolific Twitter user, has lately criticized the social media platform and its policies. He has said that 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 believed Twitter adheres to the principle of free speech, to which more than 70% voted “no.” “The fallout from this poll will be significant. Vote carefully,” he said Friday.

If Musk decides to go ahead with creating a new platform, he would be joining a growing portfolio of tech companies that are positioning themselves as champions of free speech and hoping to attract users who feel their opinions are suppressed on platforms. like Twitter, Meta platform Facebook and Google’s YouTube, owned by Alphabet.

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None of the companies, including Donald Trump’s Truth Social, Twitter competitors Gettr and Parler, and video site Rumble, have come close to the reach and popularity of the major platforms so far.

One responded to Musk: “Please buy Twitter and fix it,” while another wrote: “Buy Twitter and fix it. Another person suggested that Musk should instead buy Twitter just to shut it down.

“Just as Tesla cars should be on roads with stoplights, Twitter should play the role of placing stoplights in social media discourse. Freedom of expression should not mean giving people the right to spew toxicity and hate. Use your influence to help make Twitter better,” one user replied.

Another wrote: “Zero restrictions? Good luck. Extreme violent threats. Extreme hate speech. This problem has been put to the test: it is not simple and anyone who has to deal with it knows it.”

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