THE INDEPENDENT - Mar 9 - Tesla has launched its own social platform, Engage Tesla, in an effort to harness the collective power of its fans for fundraising efforts and political campaigns. Engage Tesla will replace the Tesla Forums, where owners and electric car fans currently congregate online to discuss issues, rumors, and other topics relating to the world's most valuable carmaker. The new social platform brings together Tesla's Owners Clubs with the firm's public policy team and will not allow members to post original threads. Instead, users will be limited to commenting on posts that are made by the company itself. The switch to a new platform with more corporate oversight has upset some forum members, who claim Engage Tesla will sanitize discussions and prevent real issues from being raised.