Twitter outlines when it would restrict world leaders' tweets
Twitter is shedding more light on its approach to restricting world leaders' tweets -- not that it'll satisfy everyone. The social network stressed in a blog post that leaders "are not above our policies entirely" and that it would take enforcement actions (such as bans or requiring that users delete tweets) if politicians' content poses a clear threat. This includes "clear and direct" threats of violence against individuals, promoting terrorism, sharing private info, posting "intimate" media without consent, behavior linked to child exploitation or promoting self-harm.Don't expect harsh action in other cases, though.
Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that the company wants to create "an open and decentralized standard for social media," a move that he said could help the site do a better job of combating abusive and misleading information.
To accomplish this vision, Dorsey said Twitter is funding a team dubbed "" that will have up to five architects, engineers and designers. The team will be lead by Parag Agrawal, Twitter's chief technology officer. Dorsey said the effort will take several years.
"Why is this good for Twitter? It will allow us to access and contribute to a much larger corpus of public conversation, focus our efforts on building open recommendation algorithms which promote healthy conversation, and will force us to be far more innovative than in the past," Dorsey said in a tweet.
Twitter vows to introduce new rules against deepfakes
Twitter promises to introduce new policy to fight deepfakes, especially when they could "threaten someone's physical safety or lead to offline harm." The social network has announced that it's working on created rules to address what it calls "synthetic and manipulated media" posted on its website. Photos, videos, and audio that had been significantly altered to fabricate events that never happened fall under that classification. The company says it's taking this step, since it needs to consider the potential damage deepfakes shared on Twitter can cause.
Currently, the company relies on users to report content such as hate speech, violence and other offensive material to the site. If Twitter allows anyone to build their own tools and alternative algorithms within the social network, it could help the company effectively moderate content.
Open-sourced social networks already exist. Mastodon, for example, lets anyone build separate servers that have their own rules. The site tweeted that Twitter wasn't "reinventing the wheel."
Politics - Now the Republic in motion wants to become a medium
The movement wants to create its own media content to publicize the initiatives of its members.
The Republic on the Move (LREM) wants to create its own team of journalists. The movement wants to "build as a media" by developing its own content production to relay its messages on the ground, including "where the media do not go," said a spokesman for the movement Friday.
LREM, which meets Saturday in Paris its first "convention" to determine its major projects to come, has recruit editors and videographers to publicize the initiatives and messages of its members in the field. "We want to associate more with the regional daily press. But we also want to develop content, in a decentralized way. If the media do not go, we will go. "A model of communication modeled on that of Macron
" We also want to address the media a little more societal, to break the political reading only party ", a- she continued. "It's up to us to go on themes, we have a field of expression that touches the lives of people. The unions, the government will pay, but it's far from people's lives. We will show this dynamic of citizen engagement. "
At the top of the state, Emmanuel Macron already favors direct communication with the French, via social networks. He has given only one interview since his inauguration, in eight European newspapers simultaneously, on Europe, and suppressed the usual television interview of July 14th.
The Republic in motion claims 373,000 members, including 100,000 additional since the victory of the former Minister of Economy on May 7. Of this total, 160,000 activists and 3,200 local committees organized about 70,000 political events (workshops, public meetings ...) over the past year. After the conquest of the Elysée and the National Assembly, LREM intends to present. The movement will be able to count on 20.5 million euros in subsidies, thanks to its victory in the legislative elections, which will be paid in mid-2018.
Twitter will fund development of an open social media standard .
Twitter is funding a team to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. CEO Jack Dorsey announced the effort, called Bluesky, today. In a series of tweets, Dorsey said Twitter will fund a "small independent team" of up to five open source architects, engineers and designers, and that the platform will provide just one direction: find an existing decentralized standard to advance or create one from scratch. Ultimately, TwitterUltimately, Twitter hopes to be a client of the new standard. Dorsey explained that Twitter was once more open but has become increasingly centralized. That poses a few problems, like making it difficult to enforce global policies addressing abuse and misinformation.