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Jason Kessler Problems: What's Wrong with Twitter


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What happens when an awful person shares your name, and half of Twitter thinks you're him. A short tale of hate speech, misdirected hate tweets, right-wing provocateurs, Twitter's broken UX, and how it can be fixed

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Jason Kessler Problems: What's Wrong with Twitter

  1. 1. Jason Kessler Problems: What’s Wrong with Twitter Jason S. Kessler (@jasonkessler) August 24, 2017
  2. 2. Traffic to my personal website via StatCounter
  3. 3. (All of these people tagged the wrong Jason Kessler.)
  4. 4. @TheMadDimension != @JasonKessler Me Some other guy
  5. 5. THIS IS NOT ME!
  6. 6. Me
  7. 7. Via Daily Mail (UL), Variety (LR) THIS IS NOT ME!
  8. 8. Car allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr, 20, killing Heather D. Heyer, 32.
  9. 9. Via Reuters THIS IS NOT ME!
  10. 10. THIS IS NOT ME!
  11. 11. Me Not me Not me Not me
  12. 12. Not supposed to be me. Me.
  13. 13. 1st explanation 2nd explanation (other horrific tweet was not deleted) THIS IS NOT ME! Horrific tweets
  14. 14. What’s wrong with Twitter? No biography. Can’t tell who this is.
  15. 15. What’s wrong with Twitter? Hovering over the name just underlines it. Hovering should show bio.. Clicking autofills name.
  16. 16. What’s wrong with Twitter? I was able to register for this account without a phone number! I just added a “+1” to my email address. From the same IP where I was already logged in.
  17. 17. What’s wrong with Twitter? • The reporting mechanism appears to be broken. • After a report is filed, Twitter hides tweets that were reported from you, giving users the illusion the content was removed. • This means you cannot see who is reacting to or promoting slanderous content!