Parag Agrawal, CTO of Twitter, announced the acquisition of Fabula AI. Agrawal said the purpose of the acquistion was
to focus on a few key strategic areas such as natural language processing, reinforcement learning, ML ethics, recommendation systems, and graph deep learning.
The hope is that the purchase of Fabula AI will get Twitter one step closer to healthier interactions on their platform. Agrawal stated,
Our initial focus when Fabula joins the Twitter team will be to improve the health of the conversation, with expanding applications to stop spam and abuse and other strategic priorities in the future.
This echoes the comments recently made by Jack Dorsey in Episode 148 of Sam Harris’ podcast, Making Sense. In the podcast episode, Dorsey discussed how Twitter was using machine learning to try and catch abuse before users were exposed to it. While he stated that their primary goal is to protect a person’s physical safety, he said they also want their users feeling like they learned something from conversations on Twitter, not walking away feeling outraged.