Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so it doesn’t enable the spread of hate speech, harassment and false news, including conspiracy theories shared by prominent users like Alex Jones and Infowars.
Wow, only 4 or 5 years too late.
Dorsey said he was experimenting with features that would promote alternative viewpoints in Twitter’s timeline to address misinformation and reduce “echo chambers.” He also expressed openness to labeling bots — automated accounts that sometimes pose as human users
Ok. Labeling bots is, and has been, a ridiculously obvious solution. Sure, there are byproducts (when a bot slips through, the fact that it’s not labeled as a bot may provide it some validity), but surely the AI/ML solution to identifying bots and labeling them is much easier than doing so and trying to decide who is a bad actor.
Twitter some day could also label automated accounts, which businesses also use to send out information such as weather or stock prices, Dorsey said … Dorsey said the company had not done so yet “because we’ve prioritized other work that we believe will have greater impact,” including shutting down fake accounts.
How’s that working out for you?
Twitter remains a cesspool, run by someone who either is naive to the impact his platform has, or is perfectly willing to profit off of the massively negative impact his platform has. Maybe it’s both.
But, like Facebook, Twitter continues to do far too little to combat this massive problem. Twitter, unlike Facebook (and Google and Apple and pretty much everyone else), doesn’t seem to care about even appearing to want to solve the problem.