Elon Musk proposed changing the approach to switching the algorithmic Twitter feed to a chronological one. In his opinion, the recommender system manipulates users.
Very important to fix your Twitter feed:
1. Tap home button.
2. Tap stars on upper right of screen.
3. Select “Latest tweets”.
You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you don’t realize.
Easy to switch back & forth to see the difference.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2022
“The algorithm manipulates you so much that you don’t even realize it. Enough to switch back and forth [между алгоритмической и хронологической лентой] and see the difference,” Musk wrote.
The billionaire admitted the absence of “malicious intent” in the actions of the algorithm.
“He tries to guess what you want to read, while inadvertently manipulating or reinforcing your points of view without your awareness of what is happening,” the businessman added.
Musk also made possible the presence of possible errors in the code.
“Open source is the way to solve the problem of both trust and efficiency,” he wrote.
Earlier, Musk announced the acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion. One of the priorities of the billionaire identified the disclosure of the source code of recommender algorithms and ensuring freedom of speech on the platform.
Recall that in May, Musk announced the suspension of the acquisition of Twitter after the media reported on the overestimation of the audience of the platform.
In the same month, the entrepreneur supported the EU bill regulating social media algorithms.
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