New York Tesla CEO Elon Musk is considering the creation of a new social media platform. “I’m seriously thinking about it,” the billionaire wrote on the short message service Twitter on Sunday.
He was responding to a question from a Twitter user. He wanted to know from Musk whether he would consider building a social media platform consisting of an open source algorithm and in which freedom of expression is in the foreground, while propaganda is reduced to a minimum.
Musk, who is a frequent user of Twitter and has more than 79 million followers, has recently been critical of the social media platform. The company is undermining democracy by not adhering to the principles of freedom of expression.
Musk’s move comes a day after he released a Twitter poll. In it, he asked users whether they believe that Twitter adheres to the principle of free expression. 70 Percent answered this with “no”.
“The consequences of this survey will be important,” Musk wrote on Friday. “Please vote carefully.“
There have already been several attempts to compete with established platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google’s YouTube – so far without major success. Neither the “Truth Social” founded by former President Donald Trump, nor the Twitter competitors Gettr and Parler or the video website Rumble have so far even come close to reaching the reach and popularity of the established providers.