Twitter CEO asks for help on how to make the platform less toxic


Twitter is indeed a highly toxic environment, with people behaving with breathtaking viciousness, often egged on by their peers. But this is virtually always among leftists, who clearly feel justified in spewing the most vile hatred and working to destroy the lives of those they hate, all because they believe they are more righteous than their targets. And Twitter seldom, if ever, cracks down on those hate-filled leftists. Instead, it constantly targets and deletes the accounts of vocal and outspoken conservatives, or shadowbans them so that only their followers can see what they say. If Jack Dorsey really wants to make Twitter less toxic, he should start enforcing its rules fairly across the board, and stop allowing Twitter to be a fair platform for the left only. But will he do that? Almost certainly not.

“Twitter’s asking for help on how to be less toxic,” by Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post, March 1, 2018:

Twitter on Thursday announced plans to take a more critical look at its dark side and asked for outside help to develop ways that it can elevate the tone of online conversation.

In a slew of tweets, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said the company is starting to look at the problems on its network differently. Rather than simply looking at how it can effectively take down troubling content, he said, the company will also begin looking at how it can encourage and foster better conversation in the first place.

“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,” Dorsey said. “This is the approach we now need.”

Twitter has struggled for years with balancing what some critics say is an idealistic commitment to free expression with the reality that its fast-moving, public network also amplifies hateful, false and sometimes violent ideas. That criticism has only intensified as the network’s influence has grown. Twitter, Google and Facebook were questioned by Congress over the companies’ role in Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.

Twitter has announced several policy changes aimed at limiting hate speech on its network — but many have criticized what they see as inconsistent implementation of those policies. For example, the company removed thousands of accounts in February under the suspicion that they were bots or had otherwise violated Twitter’s policies, but political conservatives said they had been unfairly targeted in the purge….

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