“Kara: I am going to start a NEW thread to make it easy for people to follow (@waltmossberg just texted me that it is a "chaotic hellpit"). Stay in that one. OK?”
Being able to have a public chat that others could follow was a solved problem back in 1994. How the hell is this dystopian nightmare of a conversation happening in the year 2019?
We now have popular third-party services, such as Thread Reader App, just to make content readable again posted by people who are writing prose through SMS.
She came off as strident
If anyone could prevent Jack Dorsey from speaking in generalities, I'd assume it would be she.
If I were a tech exec in hot water for selling out civilization for billions in net losses, I'd be begging her to interview me. Nobody can make you feel sympathy for the devil like Kara can.
Partly, because we can't hold them to account anyhow, but also because many of us cannot handle the truth, i.e. 'we don't want to see how the sausage is made.'
Twitter now has the utterly impossible task of minding/nannying the language used by millions of people, in social and legal context. Whenever they get it 'wrong' (by some journalists standard) they get blasted.
It's possible they could be doing it better, but it's nary an impossible challenge, at least not without some fundamental changes to the service.
Do we really want Jack and Zuck having the final say on what we can and cannot do?
I'm sure they do not want this responsibility. They've just painted themselves into a corner with it.
Given how deeply contextualized information is ... I'm even doubtful AI is on the horizon. And may of the 'decisions' made to ban posts/accounts theoretically require some heavy and contemplate deliberation, and even legal analysis.
It just doesn't work, we need to re-think all of this.
Agreed. I dont think this paper was the one I was looking for, but it will do.  The authors are working on handling negation in sentiment analysis. Ie, this movie is good, this movie is not good, this movie is not very good.
"One of the most important sub tasks in sentiment analysis is to
determine the sequence of words affected by negation. Most of the existing sentiment analysis systems used
traditional methods based on static window and punctuation marks to determine the scope of negation.
However, these methods do not offer satisfactory performance due to variability in the negation scope,
inability to deal with linguistic features and improper word sense disambiguation. " 
 Sorry to be in a hurry, i just think this point is important given the hype around AI, and all the talk about using AI to "manage" human conversations. Look up AI winter if you want to learn about hype, AI, and expectations :)
But the more important issue will be context.
For example, in order for sentiment to be 'racist' - the ethnic nature of the participants may have to be known.
So it's not about 'analyzing a statement' so much as it is understanding so much about people, individuals, current thresholds for tolerance, current events. Etc. etc..
It's impossible to look at a 'post' in total isolation, it has to be put in the context of the real world which is way beyond AI today.
So it's not possible to 'train' AI simply by putting 'sentiment' as an input parameter. You'd have to 'train' NN's with inputs that include the entirety of CNN, Wikipedia and pop culture!
Indeed, they needed to be more honest upfront and say that the demands from certain quarters aren't possible. That's a hard thing to be honest about, but at least you'd be setting realistic expectations.
The 'correct answer' is "We're not doing so well, but we're working on it". Just pretend to be humble and waive your hands until the press moves onto some other narrative.
While my initial reaction was to be positively surprised that he acknowledges these problems, I can't help but be cynical and read this as if Big Tobacco were to argue that they need to get rid of nicotine.
outrage, fast takes, short term thinking, echo chambers... that's what's getting people hooked on Twitter.
(NSFW - language) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5d82ndui_s
- Kara Swisher, in the sub-headline of a recent gossip column published in the NYT opinion section on Jeff Bezos’s dicorce drama
Technological illiteracy and fear-mongering should be opposed at every turn.
What a mess.
Funny how she bitched about zuck even though he does pretty well these days in interviews (hell even when he had to endure the congress hearing)
Last year, in March I deleted all my tweets and closed my account . A month ago I discovered that my account appears as "suspended" . I don't feel empowered by this Tweeter information about me.
This is just a hypothesis, only Twitter knows. Another hypothesis is that Twitter wants to present those who leave as suspended.
> Once you’ve changed your username, it returns to general circulation and may be selected by another account.
So in the case of services where your username is the only thing your account is identified on, it probably makes more sense to delete your tweets and leave the account active. Oh, and post a nonsense message every few months so you don't get deactivated
Re: your hypothesis about twitter wanting to present everyone who leaves as suspended: This is highly, highly unlikely and you'd have to provide significant evidence to the contrary.
This kind of misrepresentation may be legal (or not, IANAL) but I find it infuriating.
I feel like Kara Swisher is the most misunderstood tech reporter. In the sense that outsiders think she makes a lot of sense. SHE DOESN'T. This question right here shows her ignorance of tech (how insanely challenging it is to track every damn thing in the whole world and make out what's/who's right/wrong).
Kicking off offenders? Let her please enlighten us on how to decide on who to kick off. And she will be the first one with a placard "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" if someone of her fancy gets blocked on Twitter or similar sites for saying things that SHE likes.
The hypocrisy of these people pleasing reporters is just mind boggling. Specially for someone at her level. (she had got Steve Jobs and Bill Gates together on stage).
Also ramen and RDR2? Golden combo. You go kids!