Elon Musk wonders if TikTok is “destroying civilization”

Elon Musk wonders if 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 made a $44 billion offer on Twitter
  • He told Twitter employees on June 16 that he acknowledged TikTok’s appeal.

Elon Musk wonders aloud if “TikTok is destroying civilization” as he is about to buy one of the biggest social media platforms in the world.

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO, who made a $44 billion bid for Twitter, suggested he was considering the impact of social media.

‘Is TikTok destroying civilization? Some people think so,’ he tweeted last week in reference to the hugely popular video-sharing app. “Or maybe social media in general.”

Musk said he still wanted to take over the social media site even after the deal was stalled due to questions about the number of fake accounts on the platform.

The billionaire tech businessman told Twitter employees at a town hall on June 16 that he recognizes the appeal of TikTok and wants Twitter to be more like it in some ways.

The billionaire tech businessman told Twitter employees at a June 16 town hall that he recognizes TikTok’s appeal.

“TikTok ‘does a great job of making sure you don’t get bored,'” he told workers. “I mean, it just feels like ADD,” he said, according to a recording of the reunion heard by Insider, “But like, next level.”

He admitted he was offended by some TikTok videos, but that won’t lead to more censorship on Twitter.

He reassured employees that the platform would be open to allow users to “say some pretty outrageous things within the law,” but those word bombs shouldn’t be played by the app, a- he declared.

Musk told workers he wanted Twitter to be as engaging as TikTok, but more educational.

“TikTok is interesting, but you also want to know about serious issues,” he said.

Another source of inspiration for the tech businessman is WeChat, which is Chinese owned.

Musk believes there is a gap in the US social media market to be filled by bringing WeChat functionality to the US market.

Elon Musk, who made a $44 billion bid for Twitter, wonders if TikTok was destroying civilization

Elon Musk, who made a $44 billion bid for Twitter, wonders if TikTok was destroying civilization

Musk seems impressed with China's WeChat app, on which he says users

Musk seems impressed with China’s WeChat app, which he says users “live on” and hopes to change Twitter to be more like him

“There is no WeChat equivalent outside of China. You basically live on WeChat in China. If we can recreate that with Twitter, we will be a big hit,” he said at the meeting. of the company.

WeChat offers text messaging, broadcasting, voicemail on hold, photo sharing, video conferencing and more.

Musk said his goal is to grow Twitter to 1 billion users, a milestone the young TikTok reached in September 2021.

Currently, Twitter has 39.6 million daily active users in the United States and 189.4 million daily active users internationally, an increase of 16% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period the last year.

Despite these gains, Twitter shares have fallen 11% so far this year.

Reporters said Musk discussed topics ranging from free speech, layoffs and his preference for working in person during the hour-long call, held Thursday morning.

Reporters said Musk discussed topics ranging from free speech, layoffs and his preference for working in person during the hour-long call, held Thursday morning.

Musk’s thoughts on TikTok’s impact on society come after news broke that employees at Bytedance, the social media app’s parent company, were routinely accessing its US users’ data, a concern longstanding under the Trump administration about the foreign tech company.

“According to audio leaks from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings, China-based ByteDance employees repeatedly accessed non-public data about US TikTok users,” News Feeds reported on Friday.