14 December 2018
Jack Dorsey stated in a recent interview that Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable for enacting policies to fight fake news. The company has been facing criticism due to the political divide. It has admitted to being more left-leaning.
“How do we earn peoples’ trust?” the CEO asked rhetorically during a conversation. “How do we guide people back to healthy conversation?”
Dorsey added that he’s pushing for policies “that encourage people to talk and to have healthy conversation.” However, the company has still not been able to figure out the right way.
“We have not figured this out,” Dorsey said, “but I do think it would be dangerous for a company like ours… to be arbiters of truth.” Dorsey, says he’s pushing for policies “that encourage people to talk and to have healthy conversation.” Whatever Twitter’s “small staff” might have in the works, it certainly feels a long way off.
He added that the real question behind the question is, ‘Are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints?’ And we are not. Period,” Dorsey said. “We do not look at content with regards to political viewpoint or ideology. We look at behaviour.”
“We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is more left-leaning,” he added. “And I think it’s important to articulate our own bias and to share it with people so that people understand us. But we need to remove our bias from how we act and our policies and our enforcement.”
Social media apps like Twitter and Facebook have been facing criticism for the spread of fake news on their social network. The top executive’s comments reflect how the continuous social network has been facing a brunt of criticism from both sides of the political divide. Facebook has been criticised for its role in the US elections and has been on the receiving end of warnings from other nations.