Decentralized Twitter: Jack Dorsey Introduces 'Bluesky'

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Wed, 12/11/2019 - 15:54
Alex Dovbnya
Jack Dorsey announces the "Bluesky" initiative to focus on building a decentralized standard for Twitter and other social media
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wants to create "an open and decentralized standard" for social media that his very own platform will follow.

To this end, he decided to gather a team of programmers, engineers, and designers to work on a new project called "Bluesky."

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A need for decentralizing social media 

In a series of tweets, Dorsey explains that centralized solutions fail to address the challenges that are faced by social media platforms in the current year. One of the examples is the necessity to clamp down on abusive and misleading information that is spread by social media. 

He also explains the initiative would be able to solve the problem of proprietary recommendation algorithms and lead to the creation of positive content. 

Blockchain technology can help Twitter to move from increasing centralization to decentralization.   

"Finally, new technologies have emerged to make a decentralized approach more viable. Blockchain points to a series of decentralized solutions for open and durable hosting, governance, and even monetization. Much work to be done, but the fundamentals are there."

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Multiple prominent figures on crypto Twitter were quick to endorse Bluesky. Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin claimed that the project seemed "really interesting and important." Meanwhile, Wall Street vet Caitlin Long believes that it's a step towards a decentralized future.  

Bluesky is hiring

Bluesky is currently helmed by Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal who is looking for the leader who will be responsible for hiring the rest of the team. Agrawal says that it could have a "massive positive impact."

Dorsey cautions that things will not happen fast since it could take years to build a decentralized standard for social media but they are committed to supporting the project.  

"Our commitment is to fund this work to that point and beyond."

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.

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