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Twitter will soon let you follow topics curated by AI

By nanoguy
Aug 14, 2019 at 11:44 AM
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  1. Twitter held a press event in San Francisco where Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour detailed several changes coming to the platform. Right from the get-go, he addressed the edit button that everyone wants but isn't coming any time soon. However, he feels like the social giant could eventually implement the feature for very specific needs like correcting a typo or clarifying tweets, provided that there will be enough safety checks in place to prevent any abuse.

    While the edit feature is at the bottom of the priority list, Twitter is starting a string of tests for new features that should go live in the following months. Perhaps the most important addition is the ability for users to follow specific topics of their choosing from a continuously updated list. The company didn't offer any examples but Beykpour noted that some topics will be prevented from surfacing among the options by a curation team, while most of the work will be done using AI.

    It's worth noting that Twitter will also allow you to mute topics like TV shows in case you want to avoid spoilers, which should temporarily hide those tweets until you've caught up with the latest episode. The company is also testing a feature that will let you set up your own topics of interest by mixing keywords with Twitter accounts. The resulting list will then be accessible with a swipe from the home feed, so it will presumably be more convenient that diving into the Moments tab.

    Twitter is also working on "re-energizing investment in DMs" with quality of life improvements like the ability to create threads within direct conversations and search for specific messages using keywords. This means we're about to see even more of these as the social giant is scrambling to take advantage of Facebook's bad reputation and attract as many users to its platform as it can.

    There are also other minor features in development, such as support for Live Photos from iOS devices and the ability to reorder photos in a tweet after uploading them. Beykpour also expressed his regret that Vine had to be shut down while adding that it has nothing to do with TikTok's surge in popularity.

    To put things in perspective, Twitter has a renewed focus on content moderation and user control. The company currently has a team of 1,500 employees across nine locations who have the specific task of responding to moderation requests and also plans to let users take action on replies to their own tweets.

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  2. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Evangelist Posts: 439   +185

    Trump has to hurry it up with bringing us FREEDOM in the internet and abolishing these technofascists.

    You can bet that AI will censor us all as if there's no tomorrow. It might even take a more direct approach and stealth edit your post. "clarifying tweets" oh boy.

    And why should there be an edit button? When you said something then you said something.

    So when I tweet that I like to eat meat the AI will clarify it into...

    "I love to kill animals and devour their flesh which makes me a murderer.
    Your dog might be next."

    They actively want the AI to take part in the composition of your posts. This is serious. It could totally frame you and even bring down the stock market or entire wars upon us. Imagine the AI changes a Tweet from Trump into:

    Today, our satelite from low orbit has struck a target in Tianjin.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019 at 12:06 PM
  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,123   +2,415

    Best defense against tweeter - don't use it.
    Nero7 likes this.
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,002   +1,536

    Today it's just convenience above all. People would give away all their freedom for it. I'm not that much better, to be honest. I barely use social media but I do use other privacy invading crap. Quitting it would be like going back into the "stone age."

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