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David Schwartz, the CTO at Ripple, has recently shared his opinion regarding Elon Musk’s motive of becoming the sole owner of the leading microblogging platform Twitter.

While reacting to Musk’s recent tweet related to moderating Twitter policy, Ripple CTO said Tesla CEO only wants to take over the social media giant to give better treatment to the political views that favor him.

In a tweet on the 19th of April, Musk shared his vision of the top moderation policies for any social media platform.

Elon Musk tweeted, “A social media platform’s policies are good if the most extreme 10% on left and right are equally unhappy.”

David Schwartz Berates Elon Musk’s Opinion

In response to the centibillionaire’s opinion, Schwartz said with such policies, unreasonable people will be rewarded, while reasonable people will be punished.

David Schwartz noted:

“This is an incredibly bad policy that works absurdly poorly. It rewards unreasonable people and punishes reasonable people. And if there's one lesson to learn from economics, it's that people respond to incentives.

“This is about the worst policy imaginable. Every moderate increases the risk that moderate positions on their side get prohibited and every radical expands what their side may say.

“You reward the side that has the most people with the most extreme views and you punish the side with the most people with extreme views. Every extremist grants their side more ability to offend and annoy the other side.

“Every moderate is one less opportunity to push the moderation policy in your side's favor. Want to call everyone the n-word? Start convincing people that it's okay and move them in that direction to get it allowed.

“It really looks like Musk has literally never spoken to anyone who has tangled with social media moderation problems at all and is just listing off the top of his head all the policies that sounds good to someone who does not understand the problem at all.”

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Ripple CTO Slams Musk for His Proposal to Take Over Twitter

In the same thread of tweets, Ripple's CTO stated that Musk's goal is not to create the best environment for freedom of speech.

Schwartz believes that, in reality, Elon Musk, as a big Twitter shareholder, is attempting to change Twitter's moderation policy in order to get better conditions for the political speech he favors and "worse treatment" for the political speech he does not support.

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Makes me wonder if Mr. Schwartz is ok with the current Twitter format.  Did he really say "absurdly poorly"?  I wouldn't agree that Mr. Schwartz is "berating" or "slamming" Mr. Musk, I think he got his point across with respect.  As far as those "better conditions for political speech".......I believe Mr. Schwartz to be fine with the current conservative suppression that is and has been Twitter for quite some time.  We need Elon to build the XRP rocket to the moon, please don't upset the Doge Man :D

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Just now, RandyMarsh said:

I was hoping one day XRP would be subject to one of Musk's twitter pumps. May have to set that dream aside for a while.. 

Not that I like or support anything about Musk's behavior in that regard...  at the same time, if it happened, I would unload a zerp or two. 

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I disagree with Schwartz on this.  My understanding is that Musk wants Twitter to be a "public town square" where people can express their opinions.  I don't think that means hate or personal attacks will be allowed.  It's to stop Twitter from suspending accounts or removing posts that it deems to be misinformation.  People were suspended for discussing the possibility that the coronavirus originated in a lab.  It suspended those posting about the Hunter Biden laptop.  That should not happen.  Musk seeks to stop that type of censoring (and that censorship very often is being made for political reasons).

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Personally, reading through several of his most recent tweets (about a weeks worth, lol) it's pretty hard to argue with the points he makes.... so if anybody is going off of what is in "articles" or being regurgitated (yeah, not gonna check the spelling on that), I would urge you to read through his tweet storms regarding this subject... he's extremely passionate about this and puts an excessive amount of energy (and time)  in an attempt to highlight the why, what, where, when who, how.... and sometimes y.... but yeah... go to the source!

 

 

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read through my post, still didn't check spelling on "regurgitate"... but felt there was something amiss.... so I read it again... and once more... finally, I added "and time".... Eureka!
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3 hours ago, FOOD said:

Personally, reading through several of his most recent tweets (about a weeks worth, lol) it's pretty hard to argue with the points he makes.... so if anybody is going off of what is in "articles" or being regurgitated (yeah, not gonna check the spelling on that), I would urge you to read through his tweet storms regarding this subject... he's extremely passionate about this and puts an excessive amount of energy (and time)  in an attempt to highlight the why, what, where, when who, how.... and sometimes y.... but yeah... go to the source!

 

What about a Star Trek convention focused on Star Wars?

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The problem with Twitter is not around "free speech" philosophically, but more about bots and fake accounts ruining things for everyone, state sponsored trollfarms (e.g. Russia, N LKorea, China, etc) and professional hacking/phishing groups. Social media has already been used to influence elections. It's a national security issue.

We can have *relatively free* speech with fair and balanced rules on conduct and who gets to sign up. The idea that everything should be anonymous is as riduculous and probably more dangerous than demanding full transparency on everything.

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The problem with social media and free speech (besides the fact that Silicon Valley is in bed with the government) is that network effects have made it so that there's Twitter and Facebook and then a while bunch of small services that no one uses. They've become a de facto public square where if you get kicked off you're pretty much cut off.

If Facebook and Twitter's market share was spread out over 100 social media networks, I'd be all for each of them making their own rules that fit their members. But the way it is now where you've got these huge social media networks serving millions of people, you can't have them deciding what's true and what's not for millions of people.

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20 minutes ago, thinlyspread said:

The problem with Twitter is not around "free speech" philosophically, but more about bots and fake accounts ruining things for everyone, state sponsored trollfarms (e.g. Russia, N LKorea, China, etc) and professional hacking/phishing groups. Social media has already been used to influence elections. It's a national security issue.

We can have *relatively free* speech with fair and balanced rules on conduct and who gets to sign up. The idea that everything should be anonymous is as riduculous and probably more dangerous than demanding full transparency on everything.

I think you're leaving out some countries under the state sponsored troll farms: US, UK, etc.

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Let's test it out:

"Most of the interesting homosexuals - people I'd sit over coffee with and make good fun of passers-by - died of AIDS in the 1980's.  Today's gays are sub-par.  Sorry."

"People who inject hormones or steroids are probably going to oscillate between rage and sadness.  We used to just call this - you know, for millions of years, but, by all means, let's please just pretend we're all ******* retarded and just discovered it - 'that time of time of the month' - or, if done by some meathead, 'roid rage'.  Why this last generation or two can't connect the dots is...exhausting.  Sorry."

"Tiny people who will insist, while yawning in your face and nodding off constantly, that they are 'not tired' are called 'children' - they need care, protection, and direction.  This is best delivered by their parents.  The government is not their parents.  Neither are you.  Thank God for it..."

Can I please be banned now?  I've never posted on Twitter - figured I wouldn't last very long.  Apparently, I was right.

(Again!)

("I'm surrounded by ********!" - wow, what a line!)

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