The Co-founder and CEO of Twitter will appear in Front of the House of Committee on September 5, 2018
Jack Patrick Dorsey, the Twitter Co-Founder and CEO, must appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on 5th September afternoon. Not only that, he has also been advised to give more clarity on Twitter’s algorithms and content monitoring. With that in mind, Chairman Greg Walden, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, summoned Jack Patrick Dorsey on September 5, 2018.
“Twitter is an incredibly powerful platform that can change the national conversation in the time it takes a tweet to go viral. When decisions about data and content are made using opaque processes, the American people are right to raise concerns. This committee intends to ask tough questions about how Twitter monitors and polices content, and we look forward to Mr. Dorsey being forthright and transparent regarding the complex processes behind the company’s algorithms and content judgement calls,” said Chairman Walden.
According to the statement of Chairman Walden, Twitter has been able to acquire circa 335 million active users within a time of only 12 years since its launch. Walden believes that Twitter is an influential platform, which can spark a fire with the messages that have a tendency to spread across the people with an inclination to believe that content without knowing the veracity of it. And such a spread of viral messages with no control can create havoc and give rise to violence and chaos.
Citing the reason of concerns for American people, the House Energy and Commerce Committee wants Twitter CEO to elaborate more on the process of data and content management, which is not yet clear to the public. Therefore, this committee will ask CEO Jack Dorsey some meaningful questions in order to understand the process of Twitter’s algorithms and content monitoring. Chairman Walden is looking forward to meeting with CEO Jack Dorsey with a view to having more clarity on the issue.
Recently, many incidents from giants including Facebook, Google, and Twitter drew the attention of watchdogs, following the manipulation of their platforms during elections. Mainly, Twitter CEO is widely criticized for being hesitant about blocking and removing hateful content that was published by InfoWar in the first place. There were many incidents in the past as well when Twitter promised to remove false accounts but was slow or failed to do so.
Just to thwart this negligence, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is taking such measures so that no incident of this sort happens again in the future.