Twitter still doesn't know what to do about its fake news problem
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, comes in for a lot of flak for apparently not having a grip on how to deal with fake news on his platform, and the general sense that Twitter can be a cesspit of violent, partisan hatred.
It turns out that's well-placed flak, as Dorsey has admitted that Twitter hasn't "figured this out" yet. In your own time, mate.
Asked whether it was his job to ensure that users are not misinformed on Twitter, Dorsey told CNN: "We have not figured this out, but I do think it would be dangerous for a company like ours… to be arbiters of truth."
He also did a classic bit of undergrad seminar haven't-read-the-book fluffing: "I think we really need to be thoughtful about what that means. Like, what is misinformation?"
Dorsey did offer a rough sketch of a future Twittersphere in which users would be forced to consider other viewpoints on their timeline. "I think what we could do is provide more context whether it be showing all the different perspectives, and people who are saying 'this is fake' and people who are believing it," he said.
There's been a lot of scrutiny on how Twitter polices itself of late, with Infowars conspiracy plum Alex Jones being banned for a week and a volley of rage-tweets from Donald Trump against the shadow-banning of conservative accounts.
The president tried to draw a parallel between banned accounts and CNN and MSNBC, adding that he had long since learned to "watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all".