On Friday, Elon Musk announced that he was temporarily halting his $45 billion purchase of Twitter because he had just discovered that some of the accounts on the site were fake.
But that’s not the strangest thing that has happened to the beleaguered social media platform this week. Because on Tuesday, incumbent officers, perhaps trying to prove their vision of the site, launched a Super Nintendo-style browser game that sums up Twitter’s private policy.
The platform has unveiled Twitter Data Dash, which plays like a vintage side-scroller Covered platform with a healthy dose of anxiety from misinformation.
You control a blue-haired puppy Data and are tasked with recovering five bones hidden in each of Day-Glo’s urban environments. (Sonic the Hedgehog 2 It was an analog that I kept coming back to while playing.) After you complete your objective, the level ends and Twitter will bless you with a brief talking point from the morals board. Case in point: Once I collected my first set of bones, a message popped up on the screen telling me that I could opt out of targeted Twitter ads if I wanted. The second time around, I was instructed on how to filter my direct messages.
The Gizmodo tech website notes the Gizmodo tech website: “If Twitter really wanted to be meticulous with this level, you wouldn’t roam free around town, dodging bad guys and collecting bones of somewhat questionable origin.” “Instead, the bad guys are unavoidable, they are not actively piling on top of your poor data pup and crushing his meager lungs, but you, the player, have to live with the knowledge that the data will continue to suffocate long after you exit the game.”
The most important problem with Twitter Data Dash is that the game is not very interesting. The controls are very floating: now the jump button is set to the up arrow, and that’s just crazy. If we must change our gaming policies – if that’s the nightmare we have to live – then I’m scrupulously demanding Elden Ring. At this point, that’s the least Twitter can do.