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Dorsey to create social media standard through decentralised technology

By Lawrence Gash

Twitter founder’s Blue Sky, blockchain-style thinking would get round accusations of influencing political debate

Twitter founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey has announced plans to fund an open and decentralised standard for social media.

His tweet described “a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralised standard for social media”.

This would not be the first time that the tech billionaire has championed decentralised technology. The team he outlined would mirror a similar model to Square Crypto, a bitcoin development offshoot of Dorsey’s fintech unicorn, Square.

Currently called Blue Sky, the project will focus its efforts on developing open standards for decentralised processes across social platforms, instead of proprietary structures.

Dorsey stated that “new technologies have emerged to make a decentralised approach more viable”.

In particular he cited blockchain technology, which “points to a series of decentralised solutions for open and durable hosting, governance and even monetisation”.

Twitter has come under criticism in recent years from left and right for censoring voices and allowing controversial figures to remain on the platform.

This year along with Twitter’s head of legal and policy, Vijaya Gadde, Dorsey engaged in a three-hour interview discussing the platform’s role in governing public debate.

Dorsey’s will hope his emphasis on a decentralised development of a social media standard will neuter any further accusations of affecting political debate.

Indeed he asserted: “The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard.”

In a tweet Gadde added that Blue Sky will endeavour to “support and foster the values of a free and open internet”.

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