Elon Musk Issues Shocking Warning About Twitter’s True Power
(TargetLiberty.org) – Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk sent Liberals into a tailspin last month when he announced he planned to buy Twitter. Now he’s stirred the pot again, warning the social media platform’s algorithms are manipulating what users get to read. Twitter’s management likely wasn’t very happy with him for the revelation — and they’d have been even less happy when he told users how to fix it.
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
On May 15, Musk tweeted a list of steps to turn off a key Twitter algorithm that predicts what tweets users might want to see. Before giving the instructions, he warned it was “Very important” to follow his recommendation — and he followed up by saying “You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you don’t realize.”
Musk later clarified he didn’t think there were any evil motives behind the algorithm, but it could “inadvertently manipulate/amplify” a user’s viewpoints without them realizing. Meanwhile, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed the algorithm was designed to save people time when they returned to Twitter after a break — but when pressed by another user, he did admit the algorithm can have “unintended consequences.”
Meanwhile, Musk’s planned purchase of Twitter is on hold as he investigates reports that fake and bot accounts make up much more than the 5% of users Twitter claims. If those reports are true, Musk could offer a lower price for the platform or even back out altogether. But whatever he does next, he’s already shone some light on how Twitter works, and it will never be the same again.
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