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Technology Twitter wants to create a 'decentralized standard' for social media

22:25  11 december  2019
22:25  11 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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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.

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To accomplish this vision, Dorsey said Twitter is funding a team dubbed "bluesky" 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.

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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."

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.

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