Twitter’s Algorithm To Become OpenSource?

by | Mar 7, 2024

Yes, you heard it right. Elon Musk is planning to make Twitters algortihm “Open source” and it will be happening next week.

Decision to make Twitter’s source code open source is not something new. It’s been a buzz even before a Elon Musk was planning to purchase Twitter by spending whooping $44 billion last October.

According to another Tweet by Elon Musk back in May 2022his decision to publish Twitter’s algorithm to Opensource platform clearly seen.

“I’m worried about de facto bias in “the Twitter algorithm” having a major effect on public discourse. How do we know what’s really happening?” Musk tweeted in March. “Open source is the way to go to solve both trust and efficacy,” Musk said in another tweet.

As per Brookings Institution, a US policy research institute. It is seen as a major blow that by giving up techniques / methods involved in machine learning to a larger developer community will accelerate adoption and advance science which inturn reduces the time required for researchers to create their own software tools.

According to Brookings, open-source algorithms might help foster competition in the tech industry will create AI standards to battle algorithmic bias by allowing others to review the code and subject it to algorithm interrogation tools.

In the past, social media experts have argued that opening up Twitter’s algorithm to researchers will allow them to better understand how hate speech spreads on the site and offer solutions for its suppression.

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, has previously stated that his biggest regret was that the platform turned into a business, adding that he had originally intended it to be a “Open Source Platform.

Twitter has been facing tough competition from other open source social media platforms such as Mastodon which has seen a surge following the Tesla chief’s Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter in October 2022.

The latest tweet from Elon Musk on open sourcing Twitter’s algorithm has come into light at a time when the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the role of YouTube’s AI based algorithm recommendation of disturbing, terrorist organization videos to its users.