Wired: Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Failed African Countries

Wired: Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Failed African Countries. “To the West, Twitter under Dorsey’s reign from 2015 to 2021 often looked like an acidic, hate-fuelled, raging dumpster fire. But what westerners got was Twitter’s platinum version. It’s the version made by people who take their civic problems seriously because those problems are theirs too. Misinformation, hate speech, and manipulation on the platform is much worse in my corner of the world and Dorsey’s legacy in Africa is even more neglectful and hypocritical than his legacy in the Western world.”

Mashable: How I fixed my toxic relationship with Twitter

Mashable: How I fixed my toxic relationship with Twitter . “As a woman online who writes primarily about music and fandom, I have experienced the ire of passionate fan bases. Sadly, it comes with the job. There have been times when those criticisms can lead to real, constructive discourse. But as Twitter becomes increasingly weaponized by stans, those instances have become few and far between. After all, it’s hard to search through hundreds of instances of threats and abuse to find the people who want to give you helpful feedback. Even engaging with those tweets results in more harassment. It just became too much. And it made me too sad amid a pandemic that had already destroyed my confidence and self-worth.”

Morning Consult: Could the Facebook Papers Close the Deal on Privacy Legislation?

Morning Consult: Could the Facebook Papers Close the Deal on Privacy Legislation?. “The disclosures from the Facebook Papers have led to a flurry of legislative proposals on Capitol Hill to address data use, kids’ online safety and malicious content. The single most effective step Congress can take is to enact comprehensive privacy legislation to address the explosion of digital information that is presently not covered by existing, narrower privacy laws.”

Techdirt: Twitter Is Just The Beginning Of Jack Dorsey’s Speech Revolution

Techdirt: Twitter Is Just The Beginning Of Jack Dorsey’s Speech Revolution. “Jack Dorsey has left Twitter, which he co-founded and ran for more than a decade. Many on the American political right frequently accused Dorsey and other prominent social media CEOs of censoring conservative content. Yet Dorsey doesn’t easily fit within partisan molds. Although Twitter is often lumped together with Facebook and YouTube, its founder’s approach to free speech and interest in decentralized initiatives such as BlueSky make Dorsey one of the more interesting online speech leaders of recent years. If you want to know what the future of social media might be, keep an eye on Dorsey.”

Brookings Institution: How to fix social media? Start with independent research.

Brookings Institution: How to fix social media? Start with independent research.. “Given the tremendous public interest in understanding social media’s impact on the quality of American democracy, it is important to note that unlike the administrative (e.g., election results, economic indicators) or self-created (e.g., surveys, lab experiments) data that social scientists mined to understand political phenomena in the pre-internet age, some of the most important data related to political behavior is now locked up in a few large internet companies. As a result, there may be more politically relevant data than ever before, but a smaller share of it is now accessible to outside researchers. Researchers have deployed creative methods from the outside, but nothing can substitute for access to the raw data held by the firms themselves.”

New Statesman: It is time to regulate Twitter and other social media platforms as publishers

New Statesman: It is time to regulate Twitter and other social media platforms as publishers. “Now Dorsey is gone, Twitter needs to get real. It is surely one of the biggest purveyors of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and sheer toxicity in history. It could shed millions of fake accounts tomorrow. It could publish its algorithms. It could require all users to have real identities, even while some might legitimately maintain pseudonyms. It could, in short, mature into the kind of platform that helps maintain democracy, civility and truth. Instead, it is one weaponised to destroy them.”

Opinion: The CDC got it wrong. It should have urged all adults to get covid-19 booster shots. (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: The CDC got it wrong. It should have urged all adults to get covid-19 booster shots.. “Even though the United States is experiencing a new surge of covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended last week that all adults be made eligible for booster shots but only urged shots for people older than 50. That was a big mistake. It should have urged all adults to get them.”

New York Times: I’m 87, Triple Vaxxed and Living My Life Again

New York Times: I’m 87, Triple Vaxxed and Living My Life Again. “Life expectancy is just six years at my age. I want to spend my remaining time traveling, going to parties with friends and seeing all my far-flung grandchildren. I’m overjoyed that my retirement community has reopened. The dining room serves meals again, and I’ve joined both a dance and a tai chi class. I want to enjoy it all now. Time speeds up as you age. One 90-year-old friend put it this way: ‘What do I have to lose?’ Those of us in our 80s and older are used to having death for a neighbor.”

The Conversation: We know better than to allow Facebook to control the metaverse

The Conversation: We know better than to allow Facebook to control the metaverse. “In the midst of the scandals of the Facebook papers, Facebook rebranded the company as Meta. The new name was designed to reflect a focus beyond the Facebook social network platform, and into the metaverse — the extension of the internet into three-dimensional virtual reality (VR) spaces. However, given Facebook’s handling — or mishandling — of their current social responsibilities, we should be cautious about how much control a single company should have over the potential metaverse.”

The Atlantic: You Should Get a Booster Now

The Atlantic: You Should Get a Booster Now. “So far, official U.S. policy has restricted boosters to the medically vulnerable and those at high risk of exposure to the coronavirus. But in light of new evidence, the CDC should expand its recommendations to include all adults six months after vaccination. The evidence is so compelling that several states, including Colorado and California, as well as cities such as New York are advising adults to ignore CDC restrictions and get a booster.”

Michigan Daily: It’s time for Facebook to end

Michigan Daily: It’s time for Facebook to end. “It’s no coincidence that the best film from the 2010s was — according to Quentin Tarantino and myself — David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network.’ At the time, the movie’s depiction of the protagonist, Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg), seemed a bit over-the-top. Today it feels like they held back. The inherent evils of Zuckerberg’s monstrosity have been evident for years; a solution cannot be delayed any longer. “

EFF: After Facebook Leaks, Here Is What Should Come Next

EFF: After Facebook Leaks, Here Is What Should Come Next. “When Mark Zuckerberg went in front of Congress to address his company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal over three years ago, America’s lawmakers seemed to have trouble agreeing on basic things like how the company’s business model worked, not to mention the underlying causes of its issues or how to fix them. But since then, policymakers and politicians have had time to educate themselves…. Now, the Facebook Papers have once again thrust the company into the center of public discourse, and the scale of the company’s problems have captured the attention of both news outlets and Congress. That’s good—it’s high time to turn public outrage into meaningful action that will rein in the company.”

FiveThirtyEight: Facebook’s Algorithm Is Broken. We Collected Some Spicy Suggestions On How To Fix It.

FiveThirtyEight: Facebook’s Algorithm Is Broken. We Collected Some Spicy Suggestions On How To Fix It. . “If the algorithm is to blame, can Facebook change the algorithm to make it better? What would that look like? To find out, I interviewed 12 leading experts on data and computer science, as well as former Facebook employees, and asked them to propose changes that could help the algorithm suck less. What I got was a range of ideas about how Facebook could start to solve this problem, or whether a solution is even possible. Some are more radical than others, so I’ve categorized these ideas from mild to spicy (though we know Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prefers it sweet).”

Op-Ed: Think Facebook is invincible? Here’s how the social media giant can be held accountable (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: Op-Ed: Think Facebook is invincible? Here’s how the social media giant can be held accountable. “Facebook should further be held liable for misleading public statements about the nature of its products. For example, the company’s statements about the mental health benefits of social apps for young people glaringly omit its own internal research showing that Instagram use makes body image issues worse for 1 in 3 teenage girls. Facebook’s products and what the company says about them should be fair game for product liability lawsuits.”

Twitter shouldn’t be hiding basic app improvements behind its Blue paywall (The Verge)

The Verge: Twitter shouldn’t be hiding basic app improvements behind its Blue paywall. “It doesn’t take much time using Twitter to realize that the ability to quickly fix a typo would be a nice thing to have. Or that the company should do something to fix threaded conversations, which have become such a mess that there’s actually enough demand for a third-party service, Thread Reader, specifically to try and wrangle the chaos. But instead of just fixing the obvious problems with its product, Twitter Blue takes features like the undo button for tweets, the reader mode for threads, or the ability to edit the navigation bar — basic improvements that would improve Twitter’s usability for everyone — and limits them only to those willing to pay for them.”