Fake-news backlash? Twitter CEO silent on the question of how the platform works, intends to reduce ‘echo chambers’



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Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said that he’s the commemoration of an important part of the social media network, so it is not possible the spread of hatred and misinformation.

In an interview on Wednesday with the Washington Post, Dorsey said that his company is testing features that would help in the promotion of alternative viewpoints as a way to combat false news and reduce “echo chambers.”

“The most important thing we can do is we can look to the incentives that we have in our product,” Dorsey told the Post. “Because they give a picture of what we want people to do—and I don’t think they are more correct.”

Dorsey, along with other Silicon Valley executives such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has struggled with how to reconcile his company the command, and the free speech ethos with the increasingly virulent hatred and false news that have infiltrated his platform.


In the light of the intense backlash, Zuckerberg announced a wave of changes to Facebook, including a top-to-bottom overview of all apps that use the social network and a huge hiring spree in the fight against hate and misinformation.

In the past few weeks, Dorsey has come under fire to say that conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones was not in violation of its policies. Dorsey came under fire for these comments, which has made him to come back. Twitter suspended most of Jones’ account activity for a period of seven days after Jones encouraged his followers in a video posted on Twitter for their “battle rifles” ready against critics in the mainstream media, and on the left side.

Dorsey said in the Post-interview that Twitter has not changed are the incentives, which like most social platforms are designed to push interaction and keep users that consistently, since it was founded. “We often need to policy to solve many of these problems, but I think that only the treating surface-level symptoms that we see,” he said.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company is open to a range of changes in the platform of the structure.

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Twitter is exploring the possibility of the surrounding fake tweets for the actual content, the CEO told the Post. More context about the tweet, including “tweets, that call so clearly fake,” allows users to create their own decisions, Dorsey added.


The microblogging platform can also be a day label all automated accounts, including companies that they use to send information about the weather or the stock.

Meanwhile, some users take matters into their own hands when it comes to efforts to get Jones out of the platform.

This week, Grab Your Wallet founder Shannon Coulter had a viral Twitter thread to suggest that users would be able to get Jones banned by the blocking of a list of all the Fortune 500 Twitter handles. She organized the Twitter handles of the Fortune 500, then made them available as a collective block list.

Each user could install the block list with just a few clicks, and if they have done, the ads of these companies not in their Twitter timelines. According to her, more than 50,000 people installed the unit as of Wednesday.

Twitter has continued to the warmth of the people on the left who say that it allows neo-Nazis and the conspiracy theorists and those on the right who claim it is biased against them.

Dorsey is one of the many technological leaders that are grilled during a Senate hearing in September on the Russian efforts to destability AMERICAN democracy ahead of the mid-term elections.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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