Is Elon Musk planning to launch a free speech social media platform?

elon musk free speech

Earlier this week, Elon Musk compared Twitter to a modern public city square. But instead of being a place for the free exchange of ideas, Musk criticized the platform for failing to uphold free speech, resulting in an undermining of democracy.

He followed up by asking his Twitter followers what to do about this problem. By doing so, he is fueling speculation that he plans to launch his own competing social media platform.

Currently, all major social media platforms are centralized and thus can serve agendas that are not public. Therefore, if Musk needs a free speech social media platform, a likely cry is to use blockchain technology.

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has not confirmed or denied that he had such plans. But in response to a comment about creating his own open source platform, he said, “I’m seriously thinking about this.”

But again, are freedom of speech and free speech necessarily a good thing? After all, people’s unfettered posts are likely to yield unsavory content.

Is Elon Musk planning to launch a social media platform?

As the conversation grew on the topic, some suggested that instead of building his own social media platform, Musk should buy Twitter.

One Twitter user touched on this idea while in the same tweet, no matter which route he goes, jokingly said that Dogecoin should be used as a tipping mechanism.

β€œOne of the best things about Elon Musk buying Twitter or starting his own platform is that you know there would be a pot of Dogecoin tips!†

Musk replied with only 100 emoji, presumably in approval of Dogecoin for tipping. But as it should be, he left readers questioning the part about buying Twitter, starting his own platform, or doing neither.

Either way, a truly free speech social media platform means anyone can post whatever they want. Anything less than that is not free speech.

The dark side of free speech

Political philosopher Brian Leiter, who wrote the book The Case Against Free Speech, argues that free speech should not be considered a good thing. This does not mean that he advocates censorship and regulation of public and private communications.

Instead, Leiter objects to the belief that freedom is measured by the extent to which we are allowed to say what we want and do what we want. To sum up Leiter’s point on this matter, we have no control over what we want to say and do. Therefore, it is a pseudo-argument to measure freedom by those criteria.

“We are all conditioned by our environment, and what we want and think are really just products of social, economic and psychological forces beyond our control.”

In more tangible terms, there are also the social and moral consequences of unchecked freedom of expression. Ripple CTO David Schwartz responded to Musk’s calls for free speech by saying it would encourage the spread of obscene content.

As much as freedom of expression is considered virtuous, some form of censorship is needed to maintain social cohesion. The deeper issue lies in who decides what is allowed and what is not.

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