On Friday, Elon Musk announced that he was halting his $45bn purchase of Twitter after he just learned that some accounts on the site were fake.
But this is not the strange thing that happened this week with the social media platform in trouble. Because on Tuesday current top executives, perhaps trying to demonstrate their vision for the site, released a Super Nintendo-style browser game that reiterates Twitter’s personal policy.
Platform unveils Twitter Data Dash, which plays like an old side-scrolling Platformer that’s wrapped up with a healthy dose of disinformation anxiety.
You take control of a blue puppy named Data and are tasked with retrieving five bones hidden in each of the game’s Day-Glo urban environments. (Sonic the Hedgehog 2 That was the analog I kept returning to during my gameplay.) After you complete your objective, the level ends and Twitter gives you a distilled talking point from your morality board. Case in point: Once I collected my first set of bones, a message popped up on the screen telling me I could opt out of Twitter’s targeted ads if I wanted to. Other times, I was given instructions on how to filter my DMs.
“If Twitter really wanted to be precise with this level, you wouldn’t be freely running around a city, dodging bad guys and collecting bones of some questionable origin,” TechCrunch said. The site explains Gizmodo. “Instead, the bad guys are inevitable, and they’re not only actively piling on top of your bad data pup and crushing your little lungs, but you, the player, need to live with the knowledge that The data will be disturbed long after you exit the game.”
The most important problem with Twitter Data Dash is that the game isn’t a lot of fun. The controls are too floaty: right now the jump button is mapped to the up arrow, and it’s just crazy. If we are to simplify our personal policies – if that is the nightmare we must live with – then I demand Alden Ring-like accuracy. At this point, that’s the least Twitter can do.