Crypto developer will lead Twitter’s decentralized social media initiative

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Jay Graber, a former software program engineer for Zcash and blockchain agency Skuchain, will probably be main the anticipated decentralized social media initiative first introduced by Twitter in 2019.

In a Twitter announcement on Monday, Graber mentioned that they might be answerable for the Bluesky venture after working intently with “a bunch of thinkers and builders” from the decentralized social ecosystem. They plan on hiring for the Bluesky workforce and “partnering intently with Twitter and different corporations” as a part of the subsequent steps in the direction of fulfilling the decentralized social media plan.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey introduced in December 2019 that Twitter can be funding a devoted workforce to develop a decentralized commonplace for social media, and for the corporate to in the end be part of this commonplace. He mentioned the challenges social media networks confronted included “centralized enforcement of worldwide coverage to handle abuse and deceptive data,” shifting away from content material internet hosting and removing to advice algorithms directing customers’ consideration, and content material that sparks controversy and outrage slightly than wholesome and informative conversations.

“New applied sciences have emerged to make a decentralized method extra viable,” mentioned the Twitter CEO, on the time. “Blockchain factors to a sequence of decentralized options for open and sturdy internet hosting, governance, and even monetization.”

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On the appointment of Graber to guide Bluesky, Dorsey mentioned it will permit the venture to “transfer a lot sooner, and thru code.” The Twitter CEO mentioned in June that he was planning to combine Bitcoin’s Lightning Community sidechain with a minimum of one in every of his companies — however didn’t particularly say whether or not this was Bluesky.

Kraken development lead Dan Held and Stacks co-founder Muneeb Ali additionally appeared to specific their help for Graber: