Asking for help, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey requests a way to more effectively manipulate conversation.
This tweet and the ensuing thread is getting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey praise in the media:
We’re committing Twitter to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable towards progress.
— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) March 1, 2018
He doesn’t deserve praise. While there is mention of “run-of-the-mill trolls,” the main bad actors are “Russian bots” or “alt-right agitators.” The Twitter CEO isn’t worried about Antifa, Black Lives Matter, or any other “agitators” on the Left. The problem is he has offered a communication platform and people he doesn’t like are using it. Those people tend to vote Republican.
NBC News reports, “Twitter CEO asks for help in fixing its toxic environment.”
Twitter has struggled to regulate the Russian bots, alt-right agitators and run-of-the-mill trolls that have overrun its platform. Now, the company is asking for help.
At a time when tech giants are under heavy scrutiny to fix their platforms for users and weed out bad actors, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Thursday said he isn’t quite sure what will work for Twitter and asked for help in solving its systemic issues.
“We’ve focused most of our efforts on removing content against our terms, instead of building a systemic framework to help encourage more healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking. This is the approach we now need,” he said in a Twitter thread.
“Recently we were asked a simple question: could we measure the ‘health’ of conversation on Twitter?” he continued. “This felt immediately tangible as it spoke to understanding a holistic system rather than just the problematic parts.”
Dorsey’s thread is perhaps the most direct and honest the company has been about its vulnerability to abuse, […]
Twitter now wants to find a way to measure the quality of the conversation, in much the same way Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his new focus on making the Facebook experience about “time well spent.”
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