Elon Musk hints at a new platform to challenge Twitter as a public space

Elon Musk sparked a firestorm of speculation and optimism when he teased a potential “new platform” that could challenge Twitter for the title of “de facto public town square.”

It all started on Friday when the Tesla CEO posted a poll on Twitter asking, “Freedom of expression is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you think Twitter consistently adheres to this principle?”

Musk – who has over 79 million followers on Twitter – received more than 2 million votes for his poll. At the time of publication, over 70% of respondents said Twitter does not allow its users free speech.

On Saturday, Musk reacted to the results of the Twitter poll and asked“Given that Twitter serves as a de facto public marketplace, failure to uphold the principles of free speech fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?

The SpaceX founder also pondered, “Is a new platform needed?”

Within four hours of posting his question, more than 26,000 responses were received asking what Musk should or shouldn’t do about free speech on social media. Many commentators urged the billionaire business tycoon to buy Twitter and stop big tech censorship.

BlazeTV host David Rubin: “Maybe it makes sense to buy Twitter to clean it up, but maybe it’s best to let it die. @rumblevideo has the infrastructure and video capacity @local does crowd funding and community building. PT is on Rumble, I think you started something with him a long time ago!”

Managing Director of Thiel Capital Eric Weinstein: “We have to invent something that fills this space that hasn’t existed yet. Unfortunately, there are several challenges that have prevented all previous attempts from working. This is definitely an analytical problem of a special kind. It is not just a lack of desire. Much luck.”

Podcast presenter and computer scientist Lex Fridman: “Yes. I can build it.”

writer Catherine Brodsky: “The problem with new platforms is that a) the alternatives are too political and b) those on Twitter have to start over to build their following. How can they be moved?”

economist brian wesbury: “I’m on Twitter and Parler and others, but Twitter is still my go-to place. It’s established…it’s got both sides…it just needs to stop canceling people out. That’s the problem.

Former MMA fighter Jake Shields: “We need a new platform, but one that isn’t quite the echo chamber. I want to hear all perspectives, not just one side.”

Spokesman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Christina Pushov: “Buy these!!!”

CEO Ryan Petersen: “Buy Twitter Elon!”

radio host Jason Rantz: “Buy Twitter.”

stock trader Timothy Syke: “PLEASE BUY TWITTER AND MAKE IT BETTER!!!”

radio host Buck Kuster: “Yes. Buy Twitter or please build one. Save the country from these crazy Silicon Valley libs.”

computer scientist Paul Graham: “That would be a waste of money. A decent team could reverse engineer a version 1 in a month.”

Chairman of Wall Street Bets: “JJust buy Twitter aAnd change the bird logo to a doge,” to which Musk replied, “Haha, that would be sick.”

Culture commentator Mike Cernovich advised Musk to buy Twitter, adding, “If you’re a leftist making death threats against conservatives or organizing riots, Twitter respects your freedom of expression. Twitter also respects freedom of speech for media hoaxes like when Major Outlet framed an innocent Covington high school kid.”

Musk – who has a net worth of over $270 Billion – replied: “Doesn’t sound very balanced.”

https://www.theblaze.com/news/elonmusk-twitter-new-platform-reactions Elon Musk hints at a new platform to challenge Twitter as a public space

Laura Coffey

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