Data the dog: Twitter turns its privacy policy into an old video game | Twitter

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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.

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Get your instincts here. Everyone on the Internet has been conditioned to scroll blindly through every Terms of Service agreement we encounter, so the idea of ​​condensing some of the finer points in a chibi, interactive browser distraction makes some of the utility utilitarian. After all, the company has just rewritten its privacy policy It can certainly use some positive PR. But some of the messages in the game are self-contradictory. In the opening sequence, we’re told that the data wants to avoid all intrusive “cat ads” in its path. You are sure to come across quite a few cats, who carry advertising adorned with cats, which data must avoid in order not to be harmed. But how does that translate to the actual platform? Is Twitter telling me I have to scroll past every ad I see on my timeline? Does one admit that in order to share on social media one has to constantly evade the algorithm?

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.

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