musk: Elon Musk says Twitter algorithm ‘manipulates users’

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Sunday that the algorithm at microblogging site Twitter could be manipulating users and also suggested a solution.
Musk, in a series of tweets, mentioned how important it is to fix the Twitter feed and shared how it can be done.
“You’re being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you don’t realize. Easy to toggle to see the difference,” Musk wrote on the microblogging site.

To fix the Twitter feed, Musk mentioned that users can tap the home button, then tap the stars in the top right corner of the screen and select “Last Tweets”.
Meanwhile, former CEO Jack Dorsey responded in the tweet and said that Twitter’s algorithm “is simply designed to save you time.”
Musk later mentioned that he is not suggesting any malice in the algorithm.
“I’m not suggesting malice in the algorithm, but rather that it’s trying to guess what you might want to read, and in doing so, inadvertently manipulate/amplify your views without you realizing it’s happening,” Musk wrote.
Recently irritated by the presence of fake users on Twitter after suspending the $44 billion takeover deal, the Tesla CEO said his team was busy discovering the presence of fake/spam accounts with the random sampling process.
Musk surprised the world by saying he was putting Twitter on hold because he doesn’t believe Twitter’s findings that fake or spam accounts make up less than 5% of its monetizable daily active users (229 million).

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