Elon Musk has sent Twitter into a frenzy after he revealed that he is “giving serious thought” to launching his own social media platform. The Twitter-savvy billionaire made this revelation while responding to his follower named Pranay Pathole, who regularly hears from Musk. “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 (sic)”, the user asked Musk to which, the latter replied, “Am giving serious thought to this (sic)”.
The Tesla chief even conducted a poll last week where he asked users whether they believe Twitter “rigorously adheres” to principles of free speech. The poll that received over two million votes highlights 70 percent of users believe Twitter does not fully adhere to free speech.
At this point, Musk’s tweet only opens speculation, and the US-based entrepreneur may never launch his own platform. Some Twitter users even started speculating about the name of his social media platform. Twitter and other social media platforms’ algorithm has been criticised by several personalities including former US President Donald Trump. Trump remains banned from Twitter and Meta-owned platforms for inciting US Capitol riots that took place in early 2021. Donald Trump later launched his social media platform dubbed Truth Social, which remains available on Apple App Store.