Twitter algorithm is 'manipulating users', says Elon Musk
Elon Musk later mentioned that he is not suggesting any malice in the Twitter algorithm
Billionaire Elon Musk said on Sunday that social media giant Twitter's alogorithm may be manipulating users of the platform. He has also suggested a solution for this
Musk, in a series of tweets, mentioned that it is very important to fix the Twitter feed and shared how it can be done.
"You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you do not realise. Easy to switch back and forth to see the difference," Musk wrote on the microblogging site.
To fix the Twitter feed, Musk mentioned users can tap the home button, then, tap stars on the upper right of the screen and select "Latest tweets".
Very important to fix your Twitter feed:— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2022
1. Tap home button.
2. Tap stars on upper right of screen.
3. Select “Latest tweets”.
You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you don’t realize.
Easy to switch back & forth to see the difference.
Twitter former CEO Jack Dorsey said in a reply to the tweet and said that it was designed simply to 'save time'
"it was designed simply to save you time when you are away from app for a while. pull to refresh goes back to reverse chron as well," said Dorsey.
it was designed simply to save you time when you are away from app for a while.— jack⚡️ (@jack) May 14, 2022
pull to refresh goes back to reverse chron as well.
Musk later mentioned that he is not suggesting any malice in the algorithm.
"I am not suggesting malice in the algorithm, but rather that it is trying to guess what you might want to read and, in doing so, inadvertently manipulate/ amplify your viewpoints without you realising this is happening," Musk wrote.
Recently, annoyed at the presence of fake users on Twitter after putting the $44 billion takeover deal on hold, the Tesla CEO said that his team was busy finding out the presence of fake/spam accounts with the random sampling process.
Musk stunned the world by saying that he was putting Twitter take over on hold because he does not believe in Twitter findings which say that false or spam accounts represent fewer than 5 per cent of its monetisable daily active users (229 million).
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