When analyzing the market space inhabited by both traditional and new-age media companies one of the necessary prerequisites for customer buy-in is Trust. Without trust, people can not consume a media source especially when that media source purports to be a purveyor of news and information.
Brilliant idea. There should also be financial incentives for those who are most trustworthy.
I think the time is ripe for a complete Twitter rebranding and platform overhaul.
Its current structure doesn't quite support Elon's ambitious intent of actually speaking the truth to the extent that it could.
One platform to rule them all. That's the opportunity here.
Dishonest journalism should be made illegal and punishable by law.
My personal preference: three strikes and you are out.
Twitter is breaking user trust daily when they lock accounts over what it calls "hateful conduct" for tweeting verifiable facts! My account is currently locked for this very thing while other, more popular accounts, have not been locked and their tweets which say the same or similar things have been up for months. Still others have been reinstated because they have a lot of fans and are high profile enough to get the attention of someone at Twitter. The rest of us lose our accounts if we aren't willing to capitulate to false accusations and lies. I'm not going to admit my tweet was hate when it wasn't, and the appeals process does not work. I don't think a human being even looks at it, or they just press a button to send a cookie cutter form letter saying you have to admit to hate and delete the tweet. Musk bought Twitter and stated there would be more freedom of speech and exchange of ideas. There was nothing whatsoever rude about my tweet. It was respectful and inquisitive and backed up with verifiable facts. So Musk can claim all he wants that the platform supports free exchange of ideas but it clearly doesn't. Twitter continues to break the trust of everyday users. Musk hasn't changed much at al
Sorry, but you've been had. Get your blue check and prove you are "real" so your data can feed AI's insatiable appetite.
"[Twitter] is as close to humanity's stream of consciousness there is. It makes complete sense that the man behind Neuralink, Musk's company exploring brain-machine interfaces, would want unfiltered access to this digital consciousness.”
If controlling data means ruling the world, Twitter is a perfect place to get ahead in the race. Here we find every psychotic despot’s dream come true—an endless supply of raw, unfiltered data extracted from an endless supply of willing victims.
The only problem with this « Trust » service is that you create a technological oligarch that will be controlling the real identity of all individuals. That single fact puts at risk anyone that could be considered « subversive ». Controlling the narrative can be acheived in many ways. The rabit hole may not be what you expect it bo be. The other question is certainly, does it take 8$/month to be considered a voice? This seems to set the bar at a very high price when we start putting a price on freedom of expression. Although there is a cleanup needed on social media platforms, do not understimate the risks associated with putting your eggs in only one basket. Twitter is privatly held and a for profit entreprise. Unless its owner decides do make Twitter a non profit organization where no single entity is in complete control of the platform, Twitter will remain a private information hub with one goal « monetize » user activity. You are the product.
I've still had posts hidden behind an offensive filter like many other users without being told anything about it.. repeatedly accused by the algorithm for being a bot because I used the website on two devices.. had one post deleted without being told about it where I used the term "BS" and criticized Musk's censorship of Ye in the post.. had my account permanently suspended without being told why, and had all my appeals to the suspension ignored. So the moderation on the website is still a far cry from anything I would call wise.
I wonder if they permanently suspended me because I had another permanently suspended account for spam before Musk took over; but that still makes them look bad, as I used that account to spam by hand, with hours of my free time after work, in an attempt to wake people up about covid vaccine harms, and direct them towards pinned batch harm information and theoretical treatments in part from censored doctors.
Twitter has a lot more work to do before I could ever begin to trust it. At this point, I refuse to slave for any mainstream social media companies. Some of these companies even want you to make them bricks without straw. Nope, not me.
I do like the ability to embed tweets in my writing here on Substack.
"The Wisdom of the Crowd" exists when multiple entities solve the same problem independently and there is a mechanism to collect the solutions, filter the noise and select the best answer.
Open source development employs this to great advantage - the noise filter is built in. Traditional media did too - before it got lazy and began pimping its influence to ideology.
Twitter certainly has a mechanism to collect the "solutions" - but there is no noise filter. AI of some sort might resolve this - although there are issues about "Ethical AI" (another name for tuning the answer to a selected ideology).
There is still a form of shadow banning on Twitter that has yet to be addressed. So-called 'conservative' voices like my own are still being throttled, even though I'm a paid subscriber through Twitter Blue. When I write to them to point this out, I just get a reply that doesn't address my concerns but pretends that it does and so then goes on to tell me my case is closed.
People bring their information directly to those who are involved and not through a middleman. Heard everything long before the "news" comes on. The mix of art and science are jewels in the hunt for truth. Being involved with people who are going through life--babies, disasters, death--and a cup of coffee. The diversity of ideas. It is intriguing and most unfortunately--addictive. The hunt for people we trust versus trolls, bots, and enemies. It is a game. God (most reverently!), I love it!
Everything sounds fine other than touching the karma system. Karma system incentivizes echo chamber behavior. Once I wrote a harmless thread about corruption on Wikipedia on a subreddit thread filled with socialists and my karma dropped from +60 to -60, lmfao.
Twitter is my most trusted platform at present. Its extremely high transparency has won my highest trust. I am very optimistic about the development prospects of Twitter. Twitter is the light of the future of mankind
You can have Twitter as a trustworthy news source or you can have Musk pandering to alt right idiots, but you can't have both.
Traditional media is like bricks, and Twitter is mortar— they are not in conflict, but in harmony. Each fills a role the other does not!
Twitter is like mortar and traditional media is bricks — not conflict, but harmony!