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4 Novos Twitter apresentam que Elon Musk sugeriu adicionar

Twitter accepted Elon Musk’s bid to but the social media giant on Monday, and we’re still waiting to see two things: If the deal will hold and, more importantly, what a Musk-helmed Twitter will look like after the smoke clears. While no concrete plans have materialized yet for what new features await us in the “new Twitter,” Musk has dropped a few hints over the last few weeks about the kinds of changes he’d like to make to everyone’s favorite social media hellhole.

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  • Less content moderation
  • An edit button
  • Encrypted DMs
  • Broader authentication

So let’s take a closer look at those hints. Here are four features we might see in a Musk-helmed Twitter.

Less content moderation

While not quite an app feature, reduced content moderation is still a substantial change to the way users will experience Twitter. And it’s a change Musk has tweeted quite a bit about. In fact, some of his tweets indicate an inclination toward relaxing Twitter’s current content moderation policies in favor of his interpretation of free speech.

By “free speech”, I simply mean that which matches the law.

I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.

If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect.

Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people.

& mdash; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2022

If Musk does decide to pare down Twitter’s current content moderation policies, then that may result in an increase in more of the content those policies sought to reduce such as harassment, misinformation, and what Twitter refers to as “hateful conduct.”

If he establishes that what he considers free speech is beyond Twitter’s existing policies, he may very well create a new Twitter. But it may be one in which users may not feel free at all to voice their opinions lest they be stuck with unchecked harassment from other users.

Another obstacle he faces in implementing this change if he chooses to, and one that was brought up by other Twitter users, was that having a policy that adheres to the laws of the U.S. when it comes to free speech,does not necessarily mean that Twitter will be in compliance with other countries’ laws. And Twitter is a global social networking platform. So how will less content moderation work in countries with laws that seem to require some form of moderation?

The question of how to deal with abuse and harassment on Twitter will always be around. Twitter has at least tried to answer that question with its moderation policies. Musk will need to answer that question if he reduces content moderation.

An edit button

Before getting into this, it’s important to establish that Twitter is already working on an edit button and has been “since last year.” So well before Musk and his bid to buy Twitter. That said, Musk has shown interest in the feature. He even polled his followers about it, earlier this month:

Do you want an edit button?

& mdash; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2022

But it’s in the replies of this tweet poll where you can get a sense of the direction this edit button might take under Musk. Twitter user @Erdayastronaut replied to the poll with his conditions for an edit button that includes a time limit and “a small link that shows the edit.” To which Musk simply replied: “That sounds reasonable.”

So a Twitter under Musk may also feature an edit button if he heeds the results of the poll. And it’s also possible that such an edit button will also have limits and features to preserve the context of a tweet, instead of just allowing users to change tweets whenever they want.

Encrypted DMs

Of all of the features on our list, encrypted DMs (Direct Messages) is the only one Musk provides specific details for. And he did so in a tweet:

Twitter DMs should have end to end encryption like Signal, so no one can spy on or hack your messages

& mdash; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 28, 2022

And according to a reply from Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter had in fact worked on such a feature, “but abandoned it.” Wong’s reply also linked to one of her tweets from 2018 in which she shared screenshots of the then in-progress end-to-end encrypted DMs feature.

Twitter worked on Encrypted DMs but abandoned it https://t.co/pBEQrokH6e

& mdash; Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 28, 2022

Así será el Twitter de Elon Musk
End-to-end encrypted DMs would be a boon for privacy on the bird app. It would offer a secure method of communication between Twitter users in which only the sender and their intended recipient can read the messages sent. This can be especially helpful as it adds another layer of security in situations where you need to share sensitive information with a trusted recipient.

Since Twitter has worked on it before and Musk seems supportive of the feature, it’s possible we might see it again as an actual, fully realized feature.

Broader authentication

Se os DMs criptografados eram o recurso mais abundante de Musk, a autenticação é provavelmente a mais perigosa. Ele mencionou isso como algo que ele quer, mas não ficou muito claro sobre como isso deve acontecer.

Em um comunicado à imprensa anunciando sua aquisição do Twitter, ele se refere a “autenticação de todos os seres humanos”. Seu desejo de autenticar humanos no Twitter também foi mencionado em um tweet:

E autentique todos os humanos reais

& mdash; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 21 de abril de 2022

Mas, além do fato de que ele quer claramente uma maneira de autenticar contas que pertencem aos seres humanos reais, não sabemos muito mais. O que sabemos é que Musk tende a mencionar esse recurso “autentique todos os humanos” em conjunto com outro objetivo que ele tem para o Twitter, que está “derrotando os bots de spam”. Portanto, é provável que ele queira um recurso de autenticação que ajude a reduzir a quantidade de bots de spam que atormenta o Twitter.

Como seria esse recurso? Como observa a CNN, o recurso de autenticação de Musk pode seguir vários caminhos diferentes: o uso de Captchas, um programa de verificação de verificação azul mais amplo no qual os usuários devem usar seus nomes reais, ou isso pode ser feito “vinculando contas aos cartões de crédito”. Mas há desvantagens consideráveis em todos esses métodos e preocupações legítimas foram levantadas sobre o desejo de Musk de “autenticar todos os seres humanos”.

Um exemplo dessa preocupação foi levantado por Wong em uma resposta a um dos tweets de Musk:

Como podemos garantir que as pessoas de regiões em risco que precisam estar sob pseudônimos para desfrutar da liberdade de expressar a verdade, autenticando que são seres humanos de verdade sem explodir a cobertura?

& mdash; Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) 21 de abril de 2022

E Wong está certo. Existem situações em que os usuários não podem usar seus nomes reais, porque isso os colocaria em perigo real, se esse perigo é um governo repressivo ou violência doméstica.

E isso é algo que Musk teria que explicar, a saber: como você garante que todos possam acessar sua plataforma com segurança se isso tiver um requisito de que nem todos possam se encontrar. Precisaria haver uma solução que inclua autenticação e uso de pseudônimos.