Elon Musk, the proprietor of Twitter, announced on Friday that he would reveal the long-secret algorithm for recommending tweets.
The code used for recommending the tweets recommended to users will become “open source” at the end of March, Musk said in a tweet of his own.
“People will find a lot of silly things, but we’ll fix problems as soon as we find them!” Tweeted by Musk.
At first, providing code transparency will be extremely embarrassing, but it should quickly increase the quality of recommendations.
According to Musk, the Twitter recommendation algorithm is overly complex and not completely understood within the company.
Musk said, “We’re working on a simplified strategy to serve more compelling tweets, but it’s still in the early stages.
According to a foundation for the software industry, making the code open source would allow developers, including aspirant competitors, to customize the algorithm.
The social media site has experienced outages, layoffs, and the exodus of advertisers due to the absence of content moderation since billionaire Musk took control of it in October.
However, there are currently no significant Twitter alternatives, leaving world leaders, politicians, celebrities, and businesses with little option but to continue using the platform for communication.
Twitter is reportedly operating with a skeleton staff after several rounds of layoffs saw more than two thirds of workers let go. Making it susceptible to outages as well as false information and harmful content.
Musk has attempted to transition Twitter away from advertising and promote subscriptions as a new revenue stream. An idea that Meta is also trying, but the results have been disappointing thus far.
Early this month, Meta, announced that it is developing a brand-new “text sharing” social media platform that could pose a threat to Twitter.
According to Meta, which also owns Instagram, “We’re exploring a standalone. Decentralized social network for sharing text updates,” in a brief email statement.
The statement continued, “We think there is a need for a separate place where creators and public figures can share timely updates about their interests.