Elon Musk questions whether TikTok is ‘destroying civilization’
Elon Musk questions whether TikTok or social media in general is ‘destroying civilization’ amid his Twitter takeover bid
- Elon Musk wonders aloud if ‘TikTok is destroying civilization’
- The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla has made a $44 billion bid on Twitter
- He told Twitter employees on June 16 that he acknowledges TikTok’s appeal
Elon Musk wonders aloud if “TikTok is destroying civilization” as he is about to buy one of the largest social media platforms in the world.
The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla who made a $44 billion bid on Twitter suggested he is thinking about the impact of social media.
Is TikTok Destroying Civilization? Some people think so,” he tweeted last week in response to the hugely popular video sharing app. “Or maybe social media in general.”
Musk has said he is still interested in taking over the social media site, even after slamming on the brakes over questions about the number of fake accounts on the platform.
The billionaire tech businessman told Twitter employees at a June 16 meeting that he recognizes TikTok’s appeal, and he wants to make Twitter more like him in a way.
The billionaire tech businessman told Twitter employees at a meeting on June 16 that he recognizes TikTok’s appeal.
‘TikTok’ does a great job of keeping you from getting bored,” he told workers. “I mean, it just feels like ADD,” he said, according to a recording of the meeting Insider heard. “But like, the next level.”
He admitted that he was offended by some TikTok videos, but that won’t lead to more censorship on Twitter.
He assured employees the platform would be open to allow users to “say pretty outrageous things within the law,” but those word bombs shouldn’t be played by the app, he said.
Musk told employees he wants Twitter to be as engaging as TikTok, but more educational.
“TikTok is interesting, but you also want to be informed about serious matters,” he said.
The Chinese WeChat is another source of inspiration for the tech businessman.
Musk believes there is a space in the US social media market that needs to be filled by bringing WeChat’s features to the US market.
Elon Musk, who made $44 billion bid on Twitter, questions whether TikTok destroyed civilization
Musk seems impressed with Chinese app WeChat, which he says users “live” and hopes to change Twitter to be more like it
“There is no WeChat equivalent outside of China. You actually live on WeChat in China. If we can mimic that with Twitter, we’ll be a huge success,” he said at the company meeting.
WeChat offers text messaging, broadcasting, hold-to-talk voice messaging, photo sharing, video conferencing, and more.
Musk said his goal is to grow Twitter to 1 billion users, a milestone the younger TikTok reached in September 2021.
Currently, Twitter has 39.6 million daily active users in the US and 189.4 million daily active users internationally, up 16 percent in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year.
Despite those gains, Twitter shares are down 11 percent so far this year.
Reporters said Musk touched on topics ranging from free speech, layoffs and his preference for personal work during the hour-long talk, held Thursday morning.
Musk’s musings on TikTok’s impact on society come after news broke that employees of Bytedance, the parent company of the social media app, had regular access to data from its US users, a long-held concern under the Trump administration. about the foreign technology company.
“According to leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings, China-based ByteDance employees have repeatedly gained access to non-public data on U.S. TikTok users” Buzzfeeds reported on Friday.