Kanye West shared a few thoughts on Thursday (Sept. 20) that have been sitting on his conscious for some time now. One is the negative impact of social media, which Yeezy believes is plaguing our youth. West even posted a conversation with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey regarding stripping the importance of follower counts on their app.
“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,” he tweeted early Thursday. “This has an intense negative impact on our self-worth.”
Yeezy followed up by posting a video of Denzel Washington urging the youth to stay away from the toxic environment that social media has created in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Social media can be good but we have to hold the heads responsible for the psychological damage it sometimes causes,” West captioned.
Dorsey may have gotten wind of Ye’s sentiments, prompting him to send the outspoken Chicago artist a text message about the possible changes coming to Twitter’s platform. “We’ve been thinking deeply about the follower and like counts, and what that incentivizes. We want to change. What made sense 12 years ago doesn’t make sense today,” the Twitter CEO began. “Us making that number bold and big incentivized people to want to increase it, and feel bad if they couldn’t. That’s not right. We want to incentivize contribution to the global conversation and consciousness.”
Additionally, West took aim at Nick Cannon, Tyson Beckford, and Drake in a series of videos for their false commentary surrounding his wife Kim Kardashian. He later pleaded once again that he was not responsible for giving Pusha-T the information that was used on “The Story of Adidon” earlier this summer.
Check out Kanye’s thoughts on social media and his conversation with Jack Dorsey below.
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