The focus on transparency in the US is timely since it’s also what UK media bosses joined forces to call for in a letter sent to The Sunday Telegraph this week
. Bosses at the BBC, BT, Sky and others put aside their broadcasting rivalries to call for ‘accountability and transparency over the decisions these private companies are already taking.‘
By the end of the hearing, Dorsey had agreed to producing a report to make public data about harassment on the platform ‘this year’ but it’s clear that won’t be enough. Users, politicians and organisations alike want real-time transparency, not after-the-fact reports.
It’s what makes Narrative, a new social network currently in beta
, so interesting. Set up by the founders of forum platform Hoop.la
(I hadn’t heard of it either but it has some notable commercial clients including Bose and Pinterest) one of its selling points is that it elects users to a Tribunal and makes every moderation action visible and searchable.
When you add that 85% of revenue goes to its users, it sounds like the opposite of Sandberg and Dorsey’s employers. Both could do worse than sign-up for a beta invite…