Elon Musk lit a firestorm of speculation and hope when he hinted on Twitter at the possibility of a “new platform that might take down Twitter as “de facto public town square.”
It all began this week when Elon Musk posted a poll on Twitter that asked: “Free speech is needed in a functional democracy. Do you think Twitter properly honors this idea?”
Elon Musk – who has a staggering 79 million Twitter followers – made use of his survey to gather more than 2 million responses. More than 70% of respondents said that Twitter does not provide its users with free speech.
Elon Musk has responded to the Twitter poll results this week, and he asks, “Given that Twitter is effectively the de facto public square, disregarding free speech ideals fundamentally undercuts democracy. What should be done?”
Elon Musk also wondered, “Is it time for a new platform?”
“Maybe it’s time to buy Twitter so that it can be cleaned up, but letting it go may be the best option,” says BlazeTV’s Dave Rubin. “Onlocals has the resources and network building of rumblevideo, while rumblevideo has the infrastructure and video capacity.” I’m in on Rumble.
“We need to create something that doesn’t yet exist…and we must do it,” says Thiel Capital’s managing director, Eric Weinstein. “There are several barriers that have halted every previous attempt. This is a very analytical problem of a certain sort, and it isn’t just a lack of interest.”
“Yes. I can construct it,” says podcast presenter and computer scientist Lex Fridman.
“When it comes to new platforms, the problem is that a) there are too many competing options, and b) those on Twitter must start from scratch when it comes to growing their followings. How can they be transferred?” asks Katherine Brodsky of Business Insider.
“I’m on Twitter, Parler, and others,” says economist Brian Wesbury. “Twitter is still my favorite social media platform,” he adds. It’s old… it has both sides…it just needs to stop canceling people. That’s the issue with it.
“We need a new platform, but it can’t be a right-wing echo chamber,” says former MMA fighter Jake Shields. “I want to hear all viewpoints, not just one.”
“Buy it!!!!!” says Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ spokesperson Christina Pushaw.
“Elon Buy Twitter!,” says CEO Ryan Petersen.
“Buy Twitter,” says radio host Jason Rantz.
“PLEASE BUY TWITTER AND MAKE IT BETTER!” said stock trader Timothy Sykes.
“Yes,” says radio host Buck Sexton. “Yes, buy Twitter or create your own. Save the country from these crazy Silicon Valley liberals.”
“That would be a complete waste of money,” Paul Graham, a computer scientist, says. “A competent team could reverse engineer a version 1 in a month.”
“Just purchase Twitter and change the bird logo to a dog,” one Wall Street investor suggested. Musk responded, “Haha that would be awesome.”
Mike Cernovich, a cultural commentator, advised Musk to purchase Twitter, saying, “If you’re a leftist issuing death threats against conservatives. or otherwise coordinating riots, Twitter allows you to speak your mind. Twitter also supports the freedom of speech for media hoaxes such as when every major news organization lied about an innocent Covington high school student.”
“Musk – who has a net worth of roughly $270 billion – responded, ‘That doesn’t sound very fair.'”