Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, says he is “seriously considering” creating his own social media platform.
Musk’s remark came after a string of tweets in which he chastised Twitter for its free speech policies.
“Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?” Musk tweeted via a Twitter poll on Thursday, March 24.
He then followed up with a series of tweets on Friday, writing: “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?”
A Twitter user with the ID “PPathole” at one point tweeted a suggestion at Musk, asking if the CEO would consider “building a new social media platform” that would consist of “an open-source algorithm.”
This platform, per the user, should be one “where free speech and adhering to free speech is given top priority” and “where propaganda is very minimal.”
Musk replied on Saturday, March 26: “Am giving serious thought to this.”
The Securities and Exchange Commission said earlier this month that it would not let Musk out of a 2018 agreement that requires Tesla lawyers to monitor his use of Twitter. Musk has objected to the subpoena, claiming that it violates his right to free speech.
Should Musk go forward with building a social media platform, he will join several other high-profile individuals who have moved into the space to champion free speech.
In February, former President Donald Trump launched his platform, Truth Social. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell launched Frank Speech, his version of YouTube, earlier this month and told Insider that he plans to release a second app, Frank Social, which he claims is an alternative to Facebook.
Truth Social and Frank Social have joined an already crowded field of apps that have attracted many right-wing and conservative users, such as Gab and Gettr.