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Jack Dorsey’s TED Interview and the End of an Era

By The New Yorker

The C.E.O. of Twitter no longer seems capable of controlling the system he’s createdRead full story

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  • The Internet was created to be open and no one is going back to the creators of the internet to blame them for not controlling it.

    Keep in mind that what we're curating is a system that's as close to human nature as possible and that's going to bring awful people to the surface. This has been true from the first bulletin boards and news groups. You can't control human nature without becoming authoritarian and limiting creativity. We have experienced this. Those groups that are so controlled that

    The Internet was created to be open and no one is going back to the creators of the internet to blame them for not controlling it.

    Keep in mind that what we're curating is a system that's as close to human nature as possible and that's going to bring awful people to the surface. This has been true from the first bulletin boards and news groups. You can't control human nature without becoming authoritarian and limiting creativity. We have experienced this. Those groups that are so controlled that the moderators are monarchies in their own mind.

    Something else that's been true is that everything that was once popular becomes a wasteland on the Internet, most times due to the first reason. But also people grow up, needs change. We know this and expect it.

    What's different now is that Wall Street is part of the equation and that billionaires have a stake in these products. They cause these applications to live longer than they should.

  • What about just UNFOLLOWING the people that you don’t agree with? Why does everyone care about people’s opinions that they hate? Is it really necessary to completely change a platform to eliminate certain groups because others don’t agree or get offended? Why not just...unfollow them and move on?

  • The problem begins with believing that Jack Dorsey is anywhere near controlling twitter. He may have had a part in the creation of it, but over the years his talented team evolved the platform. Jack is just a figure head, and I can guarantee that Twitter is beyond his abilities to control. And that’s ok.

    Next, Twitter was declining in usage before Trump won the election, and would almost certainly have been out of touch without his win. It’s the controversial nature of the platform that is driving

    The problem begins with believing that Jack Dorsey is anywhere near controlling twitter. He may have had a part in the creation of it, but over the years his talented team evolved the platform. Jack is just a figure head, and I can guarantee that Twitter is beyond his abilities to control. And that’s ok.

    Next, Twitter was declining in usage before Trump won the election, and would almost certainly have been out of touch without his win. It’s the controversial nature of the platform that is driving the debate, and with one comes the other.

    Lastly, people are inherently stupid. Imagine how many people you thought were stupid in high school. Now multiply that number across the world. And twitter allows for those people to have an echo chamber.

  • This is worth reading ...

    The leaders of technology companies are like drag racing cars, optimized for maximum speed in a straight line, but with no ability to handle corners.

  • First problem: the excessive use of umlauts...

    Second problem: a magazine advocating for what is tantamount to media censorship... Asking Twitter to control what gets posted is equivalent to asking magazines, newspapers or TV stations to control what gets published/aired...

    The difference is that most media orgs do it based on the agenda of their corporate parent companies and Twitter opened the ability to push information to the whole world to anyone who wants to...

    If you don't like what's

    First problem: the excessive use of umlauts...

    Second problem: a magazine advocating for what is tantamount to media censorship... Asking Twitter to control what gets posted is equivalent to asking magazines, newspapers or TV stations to control what gets published/aired...

    The difference is that most media orgs do it based on the agenda of their corporate parent companies and Twitter opened the ability to push information to the whole world to anyone who wants to...

    If you don't like what's on Twitter then don't use it...it's that simple. Seems a bit like old media campaigning against new media...

  • This is an exceptionally challenging (and important) problem with a global impact. It's a very difficult line Jack Dorsey is walking, especially when the week after this interview, he was expected to answer directly to Donald Trump for POTUS' deceased follower counts.

    I think the author here is reacting to the same frustration that permeated the audience at TED. Perhaps Dorsey resents being saddled with this huge responsibility, or perhaps he just doesn't have the answers.

    I'd recommend watching

    This is an exceptionally challenging (and important) problem with a global impact. It's a very difficult line Jack Dorsey is walking, especially when the week after this interview, he was expected to answer directly to Donald Trump for POTUS' deceased follower counts.

    I think the author here is reacting to the same frustration that permeated the audience at TED. Perhaps Dorsey resents being saddled with this huge responsibility, or perhaps he just doesn't have the answers.

    I'd recommend watching the interaction, if you haven't already. https://www.ted.com/talks/jack_dorsey_how_twitter_needs_to_change

  • “The toxicity of Twitter is testament to the functionality of the underlying system. To truly reform the platform would require a rejection of the industry’s fundamental values. It would look something like an implosion.”

  • I think we often forget that CEOs of massive companies are more like cheerleaders rather than absolute rulers, and the more your company grows the harder it is to control your masses. That’s why culture and vision is so important to get right.

    We were talking about censorship on our upcoming community platform, and I argued for it. Because we either have to be completely uncensored, or have solidly defined rules of what can and can’t be talked about — those rules would set precedence for censorship

    I think we often forget that CEOs of massive companies are more like cheerleaders rather than absolute rulers, and the more your company grows the harder it is to control your masses. That’s why culture and vision is so important to get right.

    We were talking about censorship on our upcoming community platform, and I argued for it. Because we either have to be completely uncensored, or have solidly defined rules of what can and can’t be talked about — those rules would set precedence for censorship, but also preclude hate speech and other things we’d rather not have

  • If a voice in tech and its fallout is worth being heard, it's Dorsey's. As an avid Twitter user, his beast has always seemed impossible to tame. It made it so easy to reach an enormous audience, it was inevitable it would get out of hand.

    Do we cut our losses or push for improvements?

  • Replying to Greg Vetter.. it's easy to unfollow and block... But when someone is pushing 'hate' speech and advocating violence then it's important for them to be outed. But you are correct in stating that too many people report just because they got their feelings hurt.

  • Won’t let me read the article maybe I should delete your app

  • What a great article

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