Kanye West Says Jack Dorsey Working on ‘Reprogramming’ Twitter to Allow People to Remove Followers and Likes
Kanye West live streamed a 10-minute video of himself on Saturday night, in which he claimed that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he was working on reprogramming Twitter to remove followers and likes.
In a live stream video on Periscope titled “Mind control” — which you can watch above — the rapper, producer and designer spoke out about his controversial appearance in the White House alongside President Donald Trump. He pushed back on his critics, accusing them of trying to control him and offered criticism of social media — even invoking Ayn Rand.
West also revealed that he had spoken to Dorsey earlier on Saturday.
“[Dorsey] said they’re working for the next four months on reprogramming to allow people to take off the followers, and allow people to take off the, you know, take off the likes. Because that works against your self-worth,” West said. “The beauty you have is inside you.”
West also defended against those who have questioned his mental health. “I am not crazy,” she said in the Periscope video, which he said was filmed from Africa. “I can ramp up if I suffer from sleep deprivation. I’m about to get some sleep.”
West has previously argued that followers and likes on social media have a detrimental effect on mental health. In September he tweeted that “we should be able to participate in social media without having to show how many followers or likes we have.”
we should be able to participate in social media without having to show how many followers or likes we have. Just like how we can turn off the comments we should be able to turn off the display of followers. This has an intense negative impact on our self worth.
— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2018
There are people who are committing suicide due to not getting enough likes. Seeking validation in the simulation. We need a live-streamed meeting with Jack Dorsey Kevin Systrom Mike Krieger Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegal. pic.twitter.com/boAbEDqIyG
— ye (@kanyewest) September 22, 2018
He also posted a text message conversation with Dorsey on the subject where the Twitter CEO said he has been “thinking deeply” about follower and like counts.”
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