Twitter's CEO Admits The Platform Has Problems, Asks For Help

Twitter's CEO Admits The Platform Has Problems, Asks For Help

Twitter has struggled to regulate the Russian bots, alt-right agitators and run-of-the-mill trolls that have overrun its platform.

Twitter has become a wasteland for trolls to thrive, CEO Jack Dorsey said on Thursday - and he's looking for help in changing it.

'This is the approach we now need, ' Dorsey explained.

After years of withering criticism over the sludge of toxic interactions on its platform, Twitter has put out a call for outside experts to measure the health of public conversation there, a new effort to restore civil debate.

Dorsey concedes that the company has long focused on removing content in a sort of whack-a-mole system for dealing with abuse.

Both Twitter and Facebook are feeling public pressure to clean up their acts.

Twitter is asking for public and academic help. It's something Jen Golbeck, a professor at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, said she's glad to hear. It wants to work with academics and it has this request for proposals from researchers. In the past, she said, Twitter "made it incredibly hard for researchers to work with their data". It has limit on data and they restrict ability to share data.

Did Putin Just Threaten to Nuke Trump's Mar-a-Lago?
In his remarks, the Russian president said Moscow's new arsenal had been developed in response to Washington's moves. We are entering a new arms race, for sure.

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey admitted the social media platform has been misused by bad actors as he announced plans for a new scheme to monitor the health of conversations on the service.

Shared Attention: Is there overlap in what we are talking about?

Why? We love instant, public, global messaging and conversation. "We know how to measure it, and we know some methods to bring it back in balance". "Our expectation is that successful projects will produce peer-reviewed, publicly available, open-access research articles and open source software whenever possible". The company is now soliciting proposals for measuring the healthiness of conversation on the service in order to improve it.

Trolls have always been a problem on Twitter.

In a tweetstorm on Thursday, the Twitter CEO said his company is searching for ways to root out trolling, bullying, hate speech, and political manipulation on the network. Twitter's previous press releases and statements are often, well, statements - confident declarations or descriptions of the facts at hand - while this reads more like an admission, and lacking in transparency about what their content policies were or how they would be applied. It also said it would suspend users who engage in "violent extremism".

Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter for harassing comedian Leslie Jones.

Related News:

  • First of March's Two Full Moons On Display Tonight

    First of March's Two Full Moons On Display Tonight

    But across the world, this full moon in March is also known to farmers as the Crow Moon, the Sap Moon and the Lenten Moon. Look out tonight at 7:51 PM (EST) to see the Full Worm Moon/Full Sap Moon shining brightly in the sky at its peak.
    HEB releasing limited-edition bags honoring Selena

    HEB releasing limited-edition bags honoring Selena

    Working with Selena's big sis, Suzette Quintanilla, H-E-B created a completely recyclable tote bearing La Reina de Tejano's face. By the time NewsFix went to an HEB in Waxahachie the bags had already gone Bidi Bidi bye-bye.
    Netflix comes to Sky Q after new deal is inked

    Netflix comes to Sky Q after new deal is inked

    The Netflix app will be integrated into Sky Q , but content will appear in the Sky Q menu as Sky's own content now does. The app will be introduced to Sky Ticket in Germany and Austria, and Now TV in Italy, following that.
  • Rev. Billy Graham's funeral

    Rev. Billy Graham's funeral

    President Donald Trump , members of Congress and the Cabinet held a private ceremony before the doors were opened to the public. Johnson invited Graham to spend more than 20 nights at the White House, where the two prayed together, according to the library.
    Polish Holocaust speech law takes effect

    Polish Holocaust speech law takes effect

    Poland's president signed the law in February 2018 but also sent it to the constitutional court for review. But prosecutors are already looking for cases where Poland is defamed over its wartime activities.
    Maoists killed in Telangana

    Maoists killed in Telangana

    The security personnel surrounded the guerrillas and asked them to surrender. Several weapons, including an AK rifle, have been recovered from the area.
  • Uber Drivers Only Make $3.37 an Hour, Stanford/MIT Study Says

    Uber Drivers Only Make $3.37 an Hour, Stanford/MIT Study Says

    While the ride-hailing giants are raking in the cash, it seems that not everybody who works at the companies is so lucky. Drivers can set up to six destinations per day, meaning Uber will only offer rides along that route.
    Opposition blaming India decision to raise chickpea tariff on Trudeau's troubled visit

    Opposition blaming India decision to raise chickpea tariff on Trudeau's troubled visit

    But the official spokesman for the Indian ministry said Modi's government had nothing to do with invitations issued to Atwal. Trudeau also received backlash over his wife Sophie Trudeau's photo with the convicted pro-Khalistani terrorist.
    President Ilham Aliyev arrives at Drug Abuse Treatment Center after fire outbreak

    President Ilham Aliyev arrives at Drug Abuse Treatment Center after fire outbreak

    The fire broke out due to malfunction in the building's electricity network, according to the preliminary investigation. It took the firefighters approximately three hours to completely extinguish the fire.
  • N. Korea denies Syria chemical weapons claim

    N. Korea denies Syria chemical weapons claim

    President Donald Trump that certain conditions were needed but retorted it is Washington that should "create such conditions". North Korea denied supporting the production of chemical weapons in Syria Friday, insisting it is opposed to their use.
    Colorado child sex offender sentenced to 300 years goes free

    Colorado child sex offender sentenced to 300 years goes free

    However, in the state of Colorado, statutory speedy trial rights require a time frame of six months. He was arrested at the center for failing to register as a sex offender, a felony.
    There are five types of diabetes not two, say scientists

    There are five types of diabetes not two, say scientists

    Type 2 diabetes - usually diagnosed in adults - develops when the body can not produce enough insulin the right way. In the USA , diabetes disproportionately affects Native Americans, Asian Indians and other ethnic minority groups.

Most liked

Sell or Hold action? Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT)
Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn Llc decreased Empire State Realty Trust Inc ( ESRT ) stake by 2.01% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Its up 1.03, from 1.03 in 2017Q2. 117.88 million shares or 1.88% less from 120.14 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported.

Wilder vs — Showtime Boxing
Wilder says that Joshua has consistently tried to stay out of the conversation but that he'll leave him no options on March 31. Before Joshua fought Carlos Takam in October, Hearn said Wilder wouldn't fight British heavyweight Dillian Whyte.

Manufacturing sector growth eased in Feb, core sector grows 6.7% in Jan
Last month, Indonesian manufacturing companies modestly raised production levels for the first time in three months. Customers from Europe, Asia and Africa in particular contributed to the increased growth in new export orders.

Missing snowboarder found dead at Squaw Valley in the Sierra
One was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, while another was treated and released. A Squaw Valley official told KCRA that teams are actively responding to the situation.

England star Jonny Bairstow fit to face New Zealand after freak injury
All I can say is what I've seen of him coming back into the environment and he's worked his nuts off as we expected him to. That standard of training is why you get the performances from him on the field'.

Lego leaves behind fossil fuel plastics in search for sustainable blocks
Back in 2012, they explored ways to become more sustainable and invested heavily into the research three years later. It has also partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to ensure the material is sourced sustainably.

Theresa May Welcomes to London the EC President Donald Tusk
Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says they haven't sprung any surprise on the British here. Main opposition leader Labour's Jeremy Corbyn accused May's government of being in disarray over Brexit.

Student who shot self in school bathroom planned school massacre
Authorities said the student had 80 rounds of ammunition on him and did not know why he changed his mind and shot himself . The boy was taken to Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, where he died from his injuries the following day.

In Old Interview, OJ Talks of Hypothetical Accomplice
Simpson and the case that gripped America, I highly recommend you watch HBO's Oscar winning documentary, 'O.J.: Made in America'. Simpson, who was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon back in 2008, was released on parole.

Microchip, with plant in Gresham, buys Microsemi for $10 billion
Other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. 295,616 were accumulated by Clark Cap Group. The Trustmark National Bank Trust Department holds 2,998 shares with $269,000 value, down from 25,420 last quarter.

Rafael Nadal out of Indian Wells Masters & Miami Open with hip injury
Nadal , who turns 32 in June, ended 2017 as the oldest year-end world number one in the 45-year history of the ATP rankings. In fact since the start of 2004, combined he's only missed those events twice - 2005 Indian Wells , 2013 Miami .

Nasty Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing
This flu season started early and the rates for hospitalizations and deaths have been among the highest seen in a decade. CDC officials continue to recommend influenza vaccination for all individuals aged 6 months and older.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric facing up to five years in prison
Modric grew up as a refugee in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast and is seen as modest and respectful in his home country. Croatian authorities have charged the captain of the national football team, Luka Modric, with perjury.

Man charged with sending 'powder' letters to Trump son, others
Frisiello was arrested in Beverly, Mass., Thursday and was scheduled to appear in federal court later in the day. Two other people also went to the hospital but the white powder in the envelope proved to be harmless.

The Bank of America Upgrades Schlumberger (SLB) to Buy
On Monday, April 25 the stock rating was maintained by Nomura with "Buy". (NYSE:A) on Wednesday, February 14 with "Hold" rating. Scotia Capital Inc decreased Open Text Corp (NASDAQ:OTEX) stake by 28,205 shares to 190,807 valued at $6.16 million in 2017Q3.