Late this past Saturday, entrepreneur Elon Musk spoke about the fact that he is giving “serious thought” to funding and launching an entirely new social media platform that will seek to be entirely transparent with its selection algorithms, put free speech to the fore-front, and will attempt to keep all propaganda to a bare minimum.
As the co-founder of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, Musk issued the comments in response to a tweet that posited a question of the billionaire, “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,” stated the tweet. “I think that kind of a platform is needed.”
Musk went on to respond, “Am giving serious thought to this.”
Am giving serious thought to this
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 27, 2022
Musk sent out a very informal poll near the end of last week via Twitter, it asked: “Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?”
Well over two million responses from people around the globe poured into the poll with over 70% of the responses stating that Twitter refused to adhere to the principle.
“The consequences of this poll will be important,” stated Musk. “Please vote carefully.”
Musk issued a response to the poll this past Saturday, stating: “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?”
“Is a new platform needed?” he questioned.
Is a new platform needed?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 26, 2022
“Buy twitter,” stated Mike Cernovich, one political commentator. “If you’re a leftist making death threats against conservatives. or organizing riots, Twitter respects your freedom of speech. Twitter also respects the freedom of speech for media hoaxes like when every major outlet framed an innocent Covington high school kid.”
Musk issued a response to the man, “Doesn’t sound very balanced.”
Musked then conducted yet another informal poll via Twitter on Thursday where he put forth the question of if “Twitter[’s] algorithm should be open source.”
A staggering 1.1 million people took time to respond to the poll with a resounding 82.7% exclaiming, “Yes.”
“I’m worried about de facto bias in ‘the Twitter algorithm’ having a major effect on public discourse,” continued the entrepreneur. “How do we know what’s really happening?”
Recently, Musk took a stand and objected to the censoring of Russian media outlets in regards to the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“Starlink has been told by some governments (not Ukraine) to block Russian news sources,” stated Musk. “We will not do so unless at gunpoint. Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.”