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Ev May 24
woot 🙂🌮 (that's a vegan taco)
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Playdate May 22
Replying to @panic
Our company has been around for a long-ass time, and we've made lots of great software. But one day we realized: we're self-funded, and there's nobody to tell us what to do. Why aren't we trying more new things?
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
And that is both the beauty and the problem. People.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
That’s just me. I read Twitter a lot (have to put that caveat in there, so there’s not a “Twitter cofounder doesn’t use Twitter anymore” story). But I always preferred to think of it as an information network, rather than a social network. I realize of course that it is both.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
Frankly, I rarely tweet anything other than a link, because I don’t enjoy debating with strangers in a public setting. Even polite ones. I can think of fewer activities that are as time-consuming *and* frustrating. Perhaps golf. But at least then you get nature.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
Whatever the case, no one would argue that this particular aspect of this system is a force for good.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
Perhaps they don’t even have those views and are just trying to be *seen* by someone anywhere because they didn’t get enough validation as children. I don’t know. We all have our dysfunctions.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
Perhaps just as many people had those terrible views before but they stayed inside their heads or within their family (to infect the next generation of bigots). Perhaps those views are being exacerbated or even created by access to other assholes via the internet.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
I had dinner the other night with a famous person who does (or did) read their replies and who was quite upset at the abuse he’d seen. I felt for him. We’ve enabled people to be nasty in a new and visible way that didn’t exist before.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
I probably won’t read the replies so it doesn’t matter that much. But I’ll know they’re there.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
Lastly, as I think about hitting the send button on this thread, I’m aware of an irony, which is that coming off in defense of or excusing Twitter around abuse issues is likely to be met with vitriol...on Twitter.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
Just know that without the data and information the smart people working on this problem every day have, it’s hard to know. And most theories don’t work in practice. That said, they *are* making progress.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
We always wanted to remain openminded and find good ideas where we could. From what I know of the people at Twitter today, they have this same attitude. If you have constructive ideas, I’d be interested in seeing them. (Publish them on Medium—or start a company!)
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Ev May 22
Replying to @biz
I’m sure there are many good ideas out there—both within platform companies and outside. We had a principle in the early days of Twitter that and I always shared with new employees: There are more smart people outside the company than inside.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
It’s certainly not as easy as many commentators seem to think—at least not if you want to retain many of the benefits.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
Anyway, I am confident there are things that can be done. I also don’t know exactly what those things are. Stop asking me! :) If I come up with a brilliant idea, I’ll let the company know.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
I can’t say for sure, because the problem was small then and frankly we were under water just trying to make the damn thing work.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
Had I been more aware of how people not like me were being treated and/or had I had a more diverse leadership team or board, we may have made it a priority sooner.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
*And*, yes, we (Twitter) should have invested more heavily in abuse before. I think we did more in the early days than we often get credit for (and they are doing way more today). *And* I personally underestimated the looming problem during my brief tenure as CEO.
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Ev May 22
Replying to @ev
I still strongly believe open platforms like Twitter are important for society. *And* it is almost impossible to capture the good without getting some bad. *And* there is much that should (and will) be done to make these places (this place) more civil.
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