Twitter wants to fund an open source social media standard

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Twitter has a new madcap scheme to try and deal with its growing population of propagandists, bots and common-or-garden jerks. The company is set to fund researchers looking to decentralise social media standards for a shared open-source alternative. The team name: Bluesky, which sounds a bit like a perpetual runner-up on The Apprentice to us.

“Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralised standard for social media,” wrote CEO Jack Dorsey on Twitter. “The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard.”

[Source: The Inquirer]