Musk reveals the hidden Twitter algorithm
Finally, the controversial American billionaire, Elon Musk, has decided to turn the tables and unveil the details of the algorithms on Twitter that have been kept secret for years.
The new owner of Twitter has announced that he will lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the algorithm used to recommend tweets that has been shrouded in mystery for a long time.
Twitter will open source all code used to recommend tweets on March 31st
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2023
In a tweet posted on his account yesterday evening, Friday, he announced that the encoding used to suggest posts to users will become ‘open source’ at the end of March.
He also added, ‘People will discover many silly things, but we will fix the problems as soon as we identify them!’ He continued, ‘Providing transparency in encoding will be extremely embarrassing at first, but it should lead to rapid improvement in the quality of recommendations.
Elon Musk emphasized that the recommendation algorithm used on Twitter is overly complex and completely incomprehensible within the company. He stated that they are developing a simplified approach for more convincing tweets, but this work is still ongoing.
Making encoding algorithms open-source means that developers, including competitive entities, will be able to put their own touches on the algorithm, according to the software’s foundation.
Since billionaire Elon Musk acquired Twitter in October, the platform has experienced glitches and seen layoffs while advertisers have stopped dealing with it due to a lack of content supervision.
However, so far, no major alternative to Twitter has emerged, forcing global leaders, politicians, celebrities, and companies to continue communicating through the platform due to a lack of other options.
Nevertheless, Meta, the owner of Facebook, revealed earlier this month that they are working on a new network that allows for “text message sharing,” in a project seen as a potential competitor to Twitter.