Elon Musk wants to create a site where people can rate journalists and even allow them to score writers and outlets on their honesty and accuracy, sort of like the Black Mirror-esque system China wants to implement.
"Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication," tweeted Elon Musk, 46, before revealing that he considers calling it Pravda.
"Even if some of the public doesn’t care about the credibility score, the journalists, editors & publications will. It is how they define themselves," he continued. "Not only needs to be botproof, but seek & unmask anyone operating a disinformation bot army."
Musk went ahead and blamed the media for Donald Trump's political success, momentarily forgetting that he accepted an invitation to sit on the White House business advisory council before pulling out, because of different opinions on climate change.
However, one cannot help but wonder whether he considered mid-tirade, that his new anti-media stance seems a bit inappropriate considering his latest girlfriend, Grime, whose mother, Sandy Garossino, is a journalist in Vancouver.
As you can imagine, it did not take long for investigators on Twitter (who work at the Economist) to dig up some receipts. There is actually paperwork showing that Jared Birchall, one of Musk's business partners, had filed to create a corporation of the same name in October 2017 in California. Birchall is also the president of Musk's start-up company, Neuralink, which aims to connect human brains to computers.
Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
Problem is journos are under constant pressure to get max clicks & earn advertising dollars or get fired. Tricky situation, as Tesla doesn’t advertise, but fossil fuel companies & gas/diesel car companies are among world’s biggest advertisers.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
Musk continues his slow transformation into a media-baiting Trump figure screaming irrationally about fake news. Hope it works out for you dude! https://t.co/CtHkOip747— Andrew J. Hawkins 🚂🚇🚀 (@andyjayhawk) May 23, 2018
If you’re in media & don’t want Pravda to exist, write an article telling your readers to vote against it …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
For some reason, this is the best I’ve felt in a while. Hope you’re feeling good too 🚀♥️🌏— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2018