Elon Musk questions if TikTok is 'destroying civilization'

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By Carina Murphy

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Elon Musk has once again taken to Twitter with some controversial opinions.

On Saturday (June 18) the multi-billionaire Tesla boss asked his 98.9 million followers whether the social media platform TikTok was good for the human race.

"Is TikTok destroying civilization? Some people think so," he tweeted.

Musk quickly clarified his question in a follow up tweet, where he explained that he didn't just mean TikTok - but "perhaps social media in general."

Many people responded to Musk by saying out that the problem with TikTok is how quick it is to block content.

"TikTok is by far the WORST social media platform. They ban things that can’t possibly breach their terms of service. But leave the vilest stuff up," one person replied.

Another user pointed out that there were more obvious culprits destroying civilization than social media apps. "Probably. But Child Labor in Cobalt Mines is probably not helping either," they wrote sarcastically.

Either way, the video-sharing platform - which will be one of Musk's direct competitors if he successfully completes his deal with Twitter for $44 billion - has clearly been on the SpaceX boss's mind. A few days earlier, he brought it up again while speaking to Twitter staff over video chat.

"It does a great job of making sure you're not bored," Musk told his future employees on Thursday (June 16), per Insider.

He went on to praise the app's developers for having "honed the algorithm to be as engaging as possible."

As for how Twitter will compete with TikTok in the future, Musk speculated that they could learn a thing or two from the platform - particularly in terms of not letting Twitter offer up "boring" content.

"I mean, [TikTok] does just feel like Attention Deficit Disorder. But like, next level," he said, adding: "I do find some of their videos offensive, but they're not boring."

That said, he made it clear that he wanted Twitter to remain a slightly more serious and informative platform than TikTok, which is known for being beloved by younger users.

"TikTok is interesting, but you want to be informed about serious issues as well," Musk reportedly said.

Featured Image Credit: DPA picture alliance / Alamy

Elon Musk questions if TikTok is 'destroying civilization'

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By Carina Murphy

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Elon Musk has once again taken to Twitter with some controversial opinions.

On Saturday (June 18) the multi-billionaire Tesla boss asked his 98.9 million followers whether the social media platform TikTok was good for the human race.

"Is TikTok destroying civilization? Some people think so," he tweeted.

Musk quickly clarified his question in a follow up tweet, where he explained that he didn't just mean TikTok - but "perhaps social media in general."

Many people responded to Musk by saying out that the problem with TikTok is how quick it is to block content.

"TikTok is by far the WORST social media platform. They ban things that can’t possibly breach their terms of service. But leave the vilest stuff up," one person replied.

Another user pointed out that there were more obvious culprits destroying civilization than social media apps. "Probably. But Child Labor in Cobalt Mines is probably not helping either," they wrote sarcastically.

Either way, the video-sharing platform - which will be one of Musk's direct competitors if he successfully completes his deal with Twitter for $44 billion - has clearly been on the SpaceX boss's mind. A few days earlier, he brought it up again while speaking to Twitter staff over video chat.

"It does a great job of making sure you're not bored," Musk told his future employees on Thursday (June 16), per Insider.

He went on to praise the app's developers for having "honed the algorithm to be as engaging as possible."

As for how Twitter will compete with TikTok in the future, Musk speculated that they could learn a thing or two from the platform - particularly in terms of not letting Twitter offer up "boring" content.

"I mean, [TikTok] does just feel like Attention Deficit Disorder. But like, next level," he said, adding: "I do find some of their videos offensive, but they're not boring."

That said, he made it clear that he wanted Twitter to remain a slightly more serious and informative platform than TikTok, which is known for being beloved by younger users.

"TikTok is interesting, but you want to be informed about serious issues as well," Musk reportedly said.

Featured Image Credit: DPA picture alliance / Alamy