Tesla CEO Elon Musk is questioning whether or not the favored video sharing app TikTok is “destroying civilization.”
“Is TikTok destroying civilization? Some folks assume so,” he tweeted Friday. “Or maybe social media generally.”
The billionaire’s tweet got here minutes after he responded “hmm…” to a report that alleged workers at Bytedance, TikTok’s Chinese language mother or father firm, have repeatedly accessed non-public knowledge from the platform’s customers in america.
TikTok has confronted heavy scrutiny from U.S. politicians for its Chinese language roots. Former President Donald Trump signed an government order in 2020 threatening to ban the app from the U.S., however President Joe Biden prevented the ban from taking impact quickly after coming into workplace.
A TikTok spokesperson didn’t instantly return FOX Enterprise’ request for remark.
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Musk, who entered an settlement in April to amass Twitter for $44 billion, reportedly instructed the social media big’s employees at an all-hands assembly on Thursday that whereas he does discover some TikTok movies to be “offensive,” the platform “does a terrific job of creating certain you are not bored.”
“I imply, it does simply really feel like ADD,” he mentioned, in accordance with a recording of the assembly heard by Insider. “However like, subsequent stage.”
Musk emphasised that TikTok’s app has “honed the algorithm to be as partaking as doable” and that he desires Twitter to be simply as partaking however in a “completely different means.”
“TikTok is fascinating, however you wish to learn about severe points as properly,” he added.
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Musk believes Twitter has the chance to change into the Western equal of China’s WeChat, an on the spot messaging, social media and cellular fee app developed by Tencent.
“You principally reside on WeChat in China as a result of it is so useful, so helpful to each day life,” he mentioned. “I feel if we obtain that or come even near that with Twitter, that might be successful.”
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Within the first quarter of 2022, Twitter’s monetizable each day energetic person (mDAU) base grew 15.9% yr over yr to 229 million, together with 39.6 million each day energetic customers within the U.S. and 189.4 million worldwide each day energetic customers. Musk mentioned on the all-hands assembly that he’s aiming for Twitter to hit “no less than a billion” customers.
In September 2021, TikTok surpassed 1 billion month-to-month energetic customers.
Shares of Twitter are down roughly 11% yr to this point as of the time of publication.
FOX Enterprise’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.