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Elon Musk alleges Twitter algorithm manipulating users

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Elon Musk, the tech billionaire, suggested on Sunday that Twitter’s algorithm may be manipulating users and offered a solution.

Musk stated in a series of tweets that it is critical to fix the Twitter feed and provided instructions on how to do so.

“You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you do not realise. Easy to switch back and forth to see the difference,” Musk wrote on the microblogging site.

Musk suggested that users tap the home button, then tap the stars on the upper right of the screen, and then select “Latest tweets” to fix the Twitter feed.

Meanwhile, in a tweet, former CEO Jack Dorsey stated that the Twitter algorithm “was designed simply to save you time.”

Musk later stated that he does not believe the algorithm is malicious.

“I am not suggesting malice in the algorithm, but rather that it is trying to guess what you might want to read and, in doing so, inadvertently manipulate/ amplify your viewpoints without you realising this is happening,” Musk wrote.

Recently, after putting the $44 billion takeover deal on hold due to the presence of fake users on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that his team was busy using the random sampling process to identify the presence of fake/spam accounts.

Musk stunned the world when he announced that he was postponing the takeover of Twitter because he does not believe Twitter’s findings that false or spam accounts account for less than 5% of its monetisable daily active users (229 million).

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Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.




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