Twitter’s decision to ban Elon Musk from its platform has created a opportunity for its rivals to try and lure away his millions of followers.
The move has also cast a spotlight on Twitter’s often opaque rules and moderators, which has drawn criticism from some users.
Mr. Musk’s account was suspended on Friday for violating Twitter’s rules against posting misleading information. He had posted a link to an episode of a podcast in which he said that people should “invest in bitcoin,” a comment that appeared to violate Twitter’s rules against promoting financial scams.
The episode was later deleted, but not before Mr. Musk’s account was suspended.
While some of Mr. Musk’s fans have rallied to his defense, others have flocked to rival social media platforms like Parler and Minds, which market themselves as alternatives to Twitter.
Others have called for a boycott of Twitter, using the hashtag #DeleteTwitter.
Meta, a social media platform created by the co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, has been one of the loudest voices trying to capitalize on the moment.
“We’re not trying to be a Twitter killer,” said Michael Stelzner, the chief executive of Social Media Examiner, which ownsMeta. “But this does present an opportunity for us to get in front of more people and show them what Meta is all about.”
Meta, which has been around for about two years, has a fraction of the users of Twitter or even Parler, but its backers hope that Mr. Musk’s high-profile ejection from Twitter will help it gain ground.
“I think it definitely helps that there’s this high-profile person who’s been censored on Twitter,” said Scott Allan, the chief executive of the software company Lithium, which has an investment in Meta.
Mr. Allan said thatMeta would never ban someone like Mr. Musk, even if he violated its rules, because “it’s not our place to be the gatekeepers of free speech.”
The site has been promoting itself as a haven for free speech, and on Friday it posted a message from Mr. Ohanian asking people to “please join me” on Meta.
“I believe that the most important thing for any platform is that it remain open and accessible to as many people as possible,” Mr. Ohanian wrote.
Other Twitter rivals have also chimed in. Gab, another social media platform that has been banned by several major technology companies, posted a message saying that it was “saddened” by Mr. Musk’s suspension.
“The world needs more men like Elon Musk, not less,” the message said.
Parler, which has been pitched as a more civil alternative to Twitter, posted a message saying that it was “a safe place for free speech.”
“Come join the conversation!” the message said.
Minds, another social media platform, posted a message on Friday saying that it was “ horrified” by Mr. Musk’s suspension and that it was “committed to free speech.”
The company also offered to “migrate” Mr. Musk’s followers to Minds “for free.”
Mr. Musk’s account was restored on Saturday, and he tweeted that he had been “unjustly” banned.
It was not immediately clear what had changed between Friday and Saturday to cause Twitter to reverse its decision.
In a statement, a Twitter spokesman said that the company did not comment on individual accounts “for privacy and security reasons.”
Twitter’s Rivals, Including Meta, Try to Capitalize on Musk-Induced Chaos
Twitter rivals, including Meta, are trying to take advantage of the chaos caused by Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s recent Twitter activity.
Musk has been engaged in a Twitter war with short-seller Andrew Left of Citron Research, who has called Tesla a “ fraudulent company.”
Musk has also been openly critical of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has fined him $ 20 million for tweeting false information about taking Tesla private.
The SEC has since issued a subpoena to Twitter, seeking information about Musk’s tweets.
In the midst of all this, Meta, a social media platform that bills itself as a “ Twitter killer,” has been trying to capitalize on the chaos.
Meta has been running ads on Twitter that say “ Tired of Twitter drama? Come to Meta!”
Meta is also offering a $ 10,000 bounty to anyone who can find a security flaw on Twitter.
Meta’s CEO, Sina Khanifar, has been openly critical of Twitter, saying that the platform is “broken” and “not built for dialog.”
Khanifar has also said that Meta is “exploring” the possibility of taking legal action against Twitter.
It remains to be seen if Meta will be able to capitalize on the chaos caused by Musk, but the platform is certainly trying.
As Tesla CEO Elon Musk continues to wreak havoc on Twitter, his rivals are trying to capitalize on the chaos.
Meta, an artificial intelligence startup that is trying to take on Twitter, is one of those rivals.
In a blog post on Medium, Meta co-founder and CEO Rohin Dhar wrote that Musk’s “erratic behavior” is “symptomatic of Twitter’s larger problems.”
Dhar argued that Twitter is “addictive and damaging,” and that it “amplifies our worst impulses.”
Meta, which is still in beta, is designed to be a more “humane” social network. It uses AI to surface “high-quality” content and weed out the noise.
The startup is not the only one trying to take advantage of Twitter’s woes.
Mastodon, a decentralized, open-source alternative to Twitter, has seen a surge in new users in recent days.
The platform, which is run by a network of independent servers, bills itself as a “ federated protocol for creating and sharing content.”
It’s not clear how many of Mastodon’s new users are coming from Twitter, but the platform has seen a tenfold increase in new signups since Musk’s latest Twitter meltdown.
In the wake of Musk’s tweets, some high-profile Twitter users, including author J.K. Rowling and actor Zach Braff, have also voiced their frustration with the platform.
But it remains to be seen if they will actually follow through on their threats to leave Twitter.
For now, it seems that Musk is here to stay, and so are his rivals.
As the social media platform Twitter faces internal struggles, its rivals are trying to take advantage of the situation.
Twitter has been in the news a lot lately, and not always for good reasons. Between high-profile departures, user privacy concerns, and bot problems, the platform has been facing some serious issues.
And its rivals are trying to take advantage of the situation.
Meta, a startup that is building a “decentralized social network”, is one of the companies trying to capitalize on Twitter’s struggles.
In a recent blog post, Meta CEO Srinivasan wrote that Twitter is “ripe for disruption” and that Meta is “well positioned to take on Twitter”.
Other companies, such as Mastodon and Gab, are also positioning themselves as alternatives to Twitter.
Mastodon, which describes itself as a “free, open-source social network”, has seen a surge in new users in recent months.
Gab, a “free speech” social network that has been popular with far-right users, has also been seeing an increase in activity.
It remains to be seen if any of these platforms will be able to seriously challenge Twitter in the near future. But the fact that they are trying to take advantage of Twitter’s current troubles is telling.
When Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter last week to talk about taking the company private, it roiled the markets and set off a chaotic chain of events.
Now, some of Twitter’s rivals are trying to take advantage of the confusion.
Meta, a startup that is building a “decentralized” Twitter, is one of them.
In a blog post published on Tuesday, Meta co-founder and CEO Sherry Wu said that Musk’s tweets highlights the “deleterious effects of centralization.”
“In a centralized system like Twitter, a single user with enough power can cause great harm,” Wu wrote. “This is especially true when that user is also the CEO of a publicly traded company.”
Wu went on to pitch Meta as a more “resilient” and “robust” alternative to Twitter, one that is less susceptible to “manipulation and censorship.”
It’s not justMeta that is trying to take advantage of the situation.
Mastodon, another decentralized social network, is also seeing a surge in interest and is reportedly adding hundreds of thousands of new users in the wake of Musk’s tweets.
Ello, an ad-free social network that has been positioning itself as an alternative to Facebook, is also seeing a boost in traffic.
And Minds, a social network that bills itself as a “free and open-source alternative to Facebook,” is also seeing an uptick in activity.
It’s still early days, and it’s unclear if any of these rivals will be able to capitalize on the Musk-induced chaos and turn it into lasting success.
But it’s clear that they are all trying to take advantage of the moment.