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Twitter is working on giving more control over data and algorithms, says Jack Dorsey

Twitter Inc. is investing its resources towards providing users greater control over their data and the algorithms that govern their timelines. In a written testimony to the United States' House of Representatives, the company's chief executive Jack Dorsey said that it is building new tools to counter misinformation; it will also enhance transparency around content moderation, advertising and data protection policies. In his testimony, Dorsey said that Twitter's policies are centered around three fundamental rights: freedom of expression, safety, and privacy. But since these rights can conflict with each other, at different times, the company's policies need to find a balance between these rights and should be adaptable to changes in behavior and evolving circumstances, he said. "Quite simply, a trust deficit has been building over the last several years, and it has created uncertainty — here in the United States and globally. That deficit does not just impact the companies sitting at the table today but exists across the information ecosystem and, indeed, across many of our institutions"—Jack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter Inc. To address this trust deficit, Dorsey said that the company needs to be more transparent, embrace procedural fairness and choice, and protect privacy. On Thursday, Dorsey will appear before Houses of Representatives' Committee on Disinformation Nation: Social Media's Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet's Sundar Pichai will also testify before the Committee on Thursday. Key Takeaways: Dorsey's written testimony Algorithmic Choice: Dorsey said that people should have meaningful control over the algorithms that…

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