On Friday, Elon Musk announced that he was suspending his $45 billion purchase from Twitter because he had only just discovered that some 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, perhaps in an effort to demonstrate their vision for the site, the current top executives released a Super Nintendo-esque browser game that sums up Twitter’s private policies.
The platform revealed Twitter Data Dash, which plays like a vintage side-scrolling platformer draped with a healthy dose of disinformation fear.
You control a blue-toned puppy named Data and must find 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 while playing.) After you complete your goal, the level ends and Twitter blesses you with a distilled conversation piece of its ethical advice. Example: When I collected my first set of bones, a message popped up on the screen telling me to unsubscribe from Twitter’s targeted ads if I wanted to. The second time I was instructed on how to filter my DMs.
“If Twitter were really accurate at this level, you wouldn’t be roaming free in a city, dodging bad guys and collecting bones of somewhat dubious origin,” says tech site Gizmodo. “Instead, the bad guys are inevitable, and not only are they actively piling up on your poor Data pup and crushing his little lungs, but you, the player, have to live with the knowledge that Data will be smothered long after you finish the game.” leave.”
The main problem with Twitter Data Dash is that the game isn’t very fun. The controls are too floaty: right now the jump button is assigned to the up arrow, which is just crazy. If we have to gamify our private policy – if that’s the nightmare we have to go through – then I demand Elden Ring-esque precision. Right now, that’s the least Twitter can do.