Astra Taylor: What future for Twitter do we want?

Greetings fellow denizens of Twitter,

I’m Astra Taylor, a filmmaker, musician, activist, and writer. A few years ago I wrote a book called The People’s Platform, which looks at how the internet’s dominant, advertiser-driven business model concentrates wealth and power in the hands of a few at the expense of the rest of us. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has referred to the company as “the people’s news network”; sadly, that’s not really the case given its conventional corporate structure, but it could be true.

Two weeks from today, Twitter shareholders will vote on whether the company should study making it a real people’s platform. Between now and then, we need to make a lot of noise and show them that the people who make Twitter valuable want it to be run another way.

This week, the hashtag is #WeAreTwitter. We’re going to stir up questions including:

  • What future for Twitter would we like to build?
  • How would we deal with spam and abuse?
  • Who should Twitter serve, advertisers or users?
  • How might we attract responsible revenue to support our platform?

Help get #WeAreTwitter trending by sharing your vision in a tweet!

Next week, the hashtag will be #BuyTwitter. We’re going to take our righteous noise to the shareholders themselves.

See you on Twitter,
@astradisastra

P.S., if you haven’t yet, explore the beautiful new website at buytwitter.org, and read the shareholder proposal there, too!

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