...Last week, NBC reported on a leaked internal demonstration app from Twitter showcasing one of the company's ideas for fact-checking elected officials.
...While the company emphasized that the demo app was merely one of many internal ideas under consideration and there are no immediate plans to roll it out, a closer look reminds us just how much power Silicon Valley increasingly wields over the future of "Truth."
...Twitter once billed itself as "The free speech wing of the free speech party" and proudly embraced the vision of a democratic free-for-all in which anyone could say anything.
...In a statement, the company reiterated the demo app was merely one of many ideas it was evaluating and that it had no immediate plans to roll it out: "We're exploring a number of ways to address misinformation and provide more context for Tweets on Twitter. This is a design mockup for one option that would involve community feedback. Misinformation is a critical issue and we will be testing many different ways to address it."
...In the end, Twitter's misinformation prototype reminds us just how much the future of democracy, free speech and indeed "Truth" itself is being decided, in secrecy, by a small number of Silicon Valley companies.
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