Musk: Elon Musk says Twitter algorithm ‘manipulates users’

SAN FRANCISCO: Tech billionaire Elon Musk said Sunday that microblogging site Twitter’s algorithm could be manipulating users and also suggested a fix for that.
Musk, in a series of tweets, mentioned that it is very important to fix the Twitter feed and shared how it can be done.
“You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you don’t realize. It’s easy to switch back and forth to see the difference,” Musk wrote on the microblogging site.

To fix the Twitter feed, users mentioned by Musk can tap the home button, then tap the stars at the top right of the screen and select “Latest Tweets.”
Meanwhile, former CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the tweet, saying Twitter’s algorithm “was simply designed to save you time.”
Musk later mentioned that he is not suggesting any malice in the algorithm.
“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 views without you even realizing this is happening,” Musk wrote.
Recently, upset about the presence of fake users on Twitter after suspending the $44 billion takeover deal, the CEO of Tesla said his team was busy uncovering the presence of fake/spam accounts with the random sampling process.
Musk shocked the world by saying he was suspending control of Twitter because he doesn’t believe Twitter’s findings that fake or spam accounts make up less than 5 percent of its monetizable daily active users (229 million).

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