Will Elon Musk launch his own social network? What there is to know

Elon Musk regularly scandalizes on Twitter. The billionaire, who does not have his tongue in his pocket, has in fact got into the habit of reacting to the various current affairs or making his voice heard on the political debates of the moment, for the better, but also sometimes for the worst. However, we did not expect to see him ask his 80 million followers if they thought it wise to create a new social network.

Elon Musk is “seriously considering” launching his own social network

In detail, the CEO of Tesla first offered a survey to its subscribers. These are surveys whose character, as we know, is very little representative of real public opinion. They had to answer the question: Freedom of expression is essential to the functioning of democracy, do you think that Twitter strictly respects this principle? » 68% answered in the negative.

The billionaire, a fervent libertarian, does not taste much of the moderation measures decided by the platform, which he equates to censorship. He then wondered: Since Twitter serves as the de facto public square of the city, failure to uphold the principles of free speech fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done? Without saying more.

It was then that a user asked him about his motivation to create a new social network based on an open source algorithm and true freedom of expression. To which Elon Musk replied: “ I’m seriously thinking about it “.

We will not know more for the moment but that is enough to whet our curiosity. Be that as it may, it is hardly obvious in 2022 to launch a new social network in the face of already well-established web giants. Remember that Donald Trump recently embarked on the adventure by creating Truth Social with a mixed start to say the least.

For his part, Elon Musk nevertheless has a major advantage over Donald Trump: he is much richer. To the point of having fun regularly surveying his followers to find out what he should do with his money.

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