Accepting that Twitter is responsible for making it “very easy to abuse and harass others,” Jack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter, has stated that addressing the problem in a systematic method is his largest worry. In his TED discussion this week, Dorsey proclaimed that the social media platform is depending more on machine learning (ML) to spot abusive tweets as opposed to having people personally report them.
Dorsey added that the firm has seen abuse, harassment, manipulation, human coordination, automation, and misinformation. He highlighted, “These are dynamics that we were not expecting 13 years ago.” The CEO as well lamented that the system puts unnecessary pressure on followers and likes. At the present time, the system makes it very easy to abuse and harass others and Twitter has created a “pretty terrible condition” for women.
On a similar note, the Sri Lankan Government this week came into the news as it blocked various social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram. The government had to take this move to avoid the spread of fake news reports following a chain of blasts that killed about 207 individuals. In a statement, the Presidential Secretariat proclaimed that the latest decision to block social media was taken as a result of fake news reports spreading on social media. The statement added that the security forces were carrying out complete research into the explosions. According to the statement, the latest social media block is supposed to be continued until investigations are concluded.
President Sirisena’s office tweeted, “President @MaithripalaS requests to the nation to act with utmost patience and restraint, and not to be deluded by baseless rumors and false stories.” In the meantime, Facebook activated its Crisis Response tool for the blasts. Reportedly, this feature offers a repository for news regarding the incident.