Apr 16, 2019

TED 2019: Twitter boss offers to demote likes and follows

TED Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has again admitted there is much work to do to improve Twitter and cut down on the amount of abuse and misinformation on the platform. Doing so would require a systematic change that represented a "Huge shift" for Twitter. "One of the choices we made was to make the number of people that follow you big and bold. If I started Twitter now I would not emphasise follows and I would not create likes." One of the questions came from journalist Carole Cadwalladr who spoke at TED on Monday and called on the tech firms, including Twitter, to directly address the issue of misinformation being shared widely on their platforms. In her question to Mr Dorsey, she turned her attention to abuse she has received on Twitter.

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