Twitter turns its privacy policy into an old video game  Twitter

Twitter turns its privacy policy into an old video game Twitter

On Friday, Elon Musk announced that he would stop buying Twitter for $ 45 billion because he had just discovered that some of the accounts on the site were fake.

But this is not the strangest thing that has happened to the hurt social networking platform this week. Because on Tuesday, today’s top, perhaps trying to demonstrate their vision for the site, released a Super Nintendo browser game that summarizes Twitter’s private policy.

The platform unveiled the Twitter Data Dash, which plays like vintage side-scrolling platform flooded with a healthy dose of misinformation anxiety.

You take control of a blue puppy named Data and you have the mission to retrieve five bones hidden in each of the game’s Day-Glo urban environments. (Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the analogy I kept coming back to during my game.) Once you have completed your goal, the level ends and Twitter blesses you with a distilled point of discussion from its ethics board. Example: as soon as I picked up my first set of bones, a message appeared on the screen informing me that I could opt out of targeted Twitter ads if I wished. The second time, I was instructed on how to filter my DM.

The image of the game shows an underwater scene with a sunken ship and a message that says
Photo: Twitter

I get my instincts here. Everyone on the Internet is set up to browse blindly to any service terms we come across, so the idea of ​​concentrating some of the finest points on a chibi, interactive browser distraction makes some sense. After all, the company has just rewritten its privacy policy and he could definitely use some positive PR. But some of the messages in the game are self-contradictory. In the original series, we are told that Data wants to avoid all the intrusive “cat ads” on their way. Surely, you will come across some felines, which brandish propaganda with feline relief, which Data must avoid in order not to be harmed. But how does this translate to the real platform? Does Twitter tell me I have to go through every ad I see in my timeline? Does anyone recognize that in order to participate in social media one must constantly avoid the algorithm?

“If Twitter really wanted to be accurate at this level, then you would not be running freely in a city, avoiding the bad guys and collecting bones of somewhat questionable origin,” says technology website Gizmodo. “On the contrary, the bad guys are inevitable and not only are they actively piled on top of your poor Data puppy and crushing his tiny lungs, but you, the player, must live with the knowledge that Data will continue to drown for a long time. after you leave the game. “

The most important issue with Twitter Data Dash is that the game is not very fun. The controls are very hovering: right now the jump button is assigned to the up arrow and that ‘s just crazy. If we have to gamble on our private policies – if this is the nightmare we have to live with – then I demand precision that resembles the Elden Ring. At this point, it’s the least Twitter can do.

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