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140 to 280: Not the Twitter Fix We Needed

The Forrest Four-Cast: September 27, 2017

I am not a traditionalist, so it doesn’t bother me that the company is moving away from the 140 character limit it adopted more than 10 years ago and that had become synonymous with its brand. Embrace positive change and transformation, always.

What does bother me, however, is that this change does nothing to address the elephant in the room with regards to this social media platform: hate speech. Until there is a more effective, more efficient and more dynamic solution to this problem, Twitter will never reach its full potential.

Creating a better solution to manage hate speech on Twitter (and other similar apps) is an incredibly incredibly difficult challenge and one that is fraught with far-reaching First Amendment implications. But Silicon Valley is all about finding incredibly innovative solutions to overcome incredibly incredibly difficult challenges. If Twitter really wants to make itself easier for global expression, then it will allocate even more resources to solving the riddle that has plagued their service for far too long.

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.

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