@Jack is enforcing the sharia.
Twitter has launched a new scheme to clamp down on ‘abuse, harassment and other types of behaviours that can detract or distort from the public conversation’.
It has selected two teams of academics to begin a project aimed at silencing the wrong type of speech on the social network.
The researchers have expertise in a wide range of subject areas including Islam, diversity and the spread of right-wing populism.
They will work to measure the effect of echo chambers and hate speech on Twitter, with the data used to guide the tech giant’s future strategy.
‘Earlier this year, as part of our global health initiative, we committed to serving the public conversation and working to increase the collective health, openness, and civility of the dialogue on our service,’ wrote Vijaya Gadde, who works as legal, policy and trust and safety lead at Twitter.
‘We want everyone’s experience on Twitter to be free of abuse, harassment and other types of behaviours that can detract or distort from the public conversation.
‘Work has been underway for months to make progress in these areas, such as making changes so you can be confident in your follower counts, introducing new signals into how we present and organize Tweets, sharing more on our expanded efforts to fight malicious automation, and acquiring Smyte to address safety, spam, and security challenges more quickly and effectively.’
The social network reviewed 230 proposals, from academics based around the world, on how to measure the ‘health of public conversation’.
Dr. Rebekah Tromble, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University, is leader of a scheme called ‘examining echo chambers and uncivil discourse’.
She has a PhD in political science with a minor in ‘transnational Islam’ and wrote her dissertation called: ‘Who Framed the Prophet? Media, Stakeholders, and the Debate over the Danish Cartoon Controversy.’
Tromble will work with several scientists including Dr. Michael Meffert, who also works at Leiden University and has written several papers on the right-wing.
‘In the context of growing political polarization, the spread of misinformation, and increases in incivility and intolerance, it is clear that if we are going to effectively evaluate and address some of the most difficult challenges arising on social media, academic researchers and tech companies will need to work together much more closely,’ Tromble said.
‘This initiative presents an important and promising opportunity for Twitter and our team of researchers to share expertise and work on solutions together.’
The Leiden University-led project will try to measure how much people engage with people outside their ‘echo chamber’ and engage with ‘diverse viewpoints’.
It will also attempt to develop algorithms which hunt out ‘intolerant discourse’ and automatically recognise hate speech, racism or xenophobia.
Twitter has given an open platform to Islamic terror groups for years…while @Jack submits to the Saudis.
Given that Tromble is a hardcore leftist who has repeatedly expressed her hatred for Donald Trump and his supporters, don’t expect Twitter to move in any direction other than another giant lurch towards censorship.