On Friday, Elon Musk announced that he was pausing his $45 billion purchase of Twitter because he had only just discovered that some of the accounts on the site were fake.
But that’s not the strangest thing that’s happened to the ailing social media platform this week. Because on Tuesday, the current top executives, who may be trying to demonstrate their vision for the site, released a Super Nintendo-style browser game that summarizes Twitter’s privacy policies.
The platform unveiled Twitter Data Dash, which plays out like classic side-scrolling Platformer draped with a healthy dose of disinformation angst.
You take control of a blue puppy named Data and are tasked with recovering five bones hidden in each of Day-Glo’s urban environments in the game. (Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the analog I kept coming back to throughout my gameplay.) After you reach your goal, the level ends and Twitter blesses you with a distilled talking point from their Ethics Council. Case in point: After I collected my first bones, a message appeared on the screen informing me that I could opt out of Twitter’s targeted advertising if I wanted to. The second time, I received instructions on how to filter my DMs.
“If Twitter really wanted to be accurate with this level, you wouldn’t be running freely around a city dodging baddies and collecting bones of somewhat questionable origin,” notes 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 tiny lungs, but you, the player, must live with the knowledge that Data will be choked out long after you’ve finished the game.” have left.”
The more important problem with Twitter Data Dash is that the game is not very fun. The controls are too floating: right now the jump button is mapped to the up arrow, and that’s just insane. If we must gamify our privacy politics – if that is the nightmare we must live through – then I demand Elden Ring-like precision. At this point, it’s the least Twitter can do.