Twitter Wants To Be Less Toxic, Aims At Improving Conversational Health

| March 3 , 2018 , 17:30 IST

With the increasing criticism against social media platforms for fueling hate speech, and for not stopping the spread of false news, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Thursday said he is committed to making the platform less toxic.

The microblogging site is asking users for help, to improve the "conversational health" so that it stops being a platform for abuse, spam, and manipulation.

"We're committing to helping increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation around the world, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable toward progress," Twitter said in a blog post.

"We are looking to partner with outside experts to help us identify how we measure the health of Twitter, keep us accountable to share our progress with the world and establish a way forward for the long-term," the post continued.

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Twitter gave credits to Cortico and Social Machines, as one of its inspirations and for introducing them the concept of measuring conversational health on four indicators: shared attention, shared reality, variety of opinion, and receptivity.

"We believe that we can identify indicators of conversational health that are even more specific to Twitter and its impact," Twitter said.

"We don't have all of the answers and cannot do this alone," it added.

Those who are interested in helping what health means for Twitter and how it should approach measuring it, they can submit a proposal by filling up a form posted on Twitter's official blog by April 13.

Twitter Health Metrics Proposal Submission

Twitter said that successful applicants will collaborate directly with Twitter's team, receive public data access and meaningful funding for their research. 

"We expect to announce the first selected projects in July," the microblogging site announced.