Finally decided the controversial American billionaire Elon Musk To turn the tables and reveal the details of the algorithms in Twitter, which have been kept secret for years.
Twitter’s new owner has announced that it will lift the long-held secrecy surrounding the algorithm used to recommend tweets.
Our “algorithm” is overly complex & not fully understood internally. People will discover many silly things, but we’ll patch issues as soon as they’re found!
We’re developing a simplified approach to serve more compelling tweets, but it’s still a work in progress. That’ll also… https://t.co/uxxJe3RT36
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2023
And he said in a tweet on his account, yesterday evening, Friday, that the coding used to recommend suggested posts to users will become “open source” at the end of March.
He added, “People will discover a lot of silly things, but we will fix the problems as soon as we identify them!” “Providing coding transparency would be very awkward at first, but it should lead to a rapid improvement in the quality of the recommendations,” he added.
To that, Musk confirmed that the recommendation algorithm used in Twitter is very complex and not fully understood within the company, and he said, “We are developing a simplified approach to serve more persuasive tweets, but this work is still in progress.”
Making coding algorithms open source means that developers, including aspiring competitors, will be able to put their own spin on the algorithm, according to the underlying system of the software.
Since billionaire Elon Musk acquired Twitter in October, the platform has suffered disruptions, employee dismissals, and advertisers have stopped dealing with it due to a lack of content oversight.
But so far, no major alternative to Twitter has emerged, forcing world leaders, politicians, celebrities and companies to continue communicating through the platform for lack of other options.
However, Meta, the owner of Facebook, revealed earlier this month that it is working on a new network that allows “text message sharing”, in a project seen as a potential competitor to Twitter.