Scott Keller, CEO and Founder of Skysilk Technologies
Scott Keller is the CEO and founder of Skysilk Technologies. Before starting this company, he was a ceo for the Tea Party movement in the US. He says he never expected to be in charge of internet free speech. His goal is to moderate content that can threaten or incite violence.
Scott Keller is the founder and CEO of Skysilk Technologies
As a McKinsey partner, Scott Keller knows a thing or two about how to run a successful business. However, it wasn’t until a particularly stressful time in his life that he decided to take on a new challenge and learn from the experts. Since then, he’s gone on to become a best-selling author, an acclaimed speaker and the founder of an award-winning social enterprise that helps disadvantaged people in need of an IT upgrade.
He is also the proud founder and CEO of Skysilk Technologies, one of the most innovative companies in its field. With offices in Seattle and Los Angeles, Skysilk provides machine learning and artificial intelligence services to major corporations across the globe. Aside from its slick technology, the company focuses on building relationships with its business partners. In other words, they are not interested in hate.
Interestingly enough, the company’s biggest innovation is not a new product. It’s actually an improvement on a feature it already had. Basically, the company’s existing data centers are outfitted with smart sensors that monitor and analyze real-time performance metrics. This allows Skysilk to react faster and more effectively to changes in its environment.
The company’s latest innovation is Parler, a blockchain-based ad platform. Not only is this one of the most exciting startups in the tech space, it could change the face of advertising. Using Amazon’s infrastructure and Parler’s expertise in user experience, the two firms have combined their strengths to create something that should please the consumer and the vendor alike.
As the CEO of a company that combines artificial intelligence with machine learning, it’s not surprising that Scott is an ardent fan of the technology. Having spent the past four years on the road, he’s seen firsthand how important it is to keep your finger on the pulse of the tech industry.
He was a ceo of the Tea Party movement in the US
Almost two years ago, Parler was a social media platform embraced by conservative users. In just a week, the site had gained 10 million members. The app’s popularity grew to the point where it topped Google’s app store. It was also one of the fastest-growing apps in the United States.
The platform became an online hub for conservatives after the November election. It was also used by far-right extremists as a place to post threats of violence against Democrats.
After Parler’s popularity surged, the platform’s Web host Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Apple removed the app. AWS was concerned about the site’s user base advocating for violence.
Google also removed the Parler app. Parler says that the number of its users grew to 20 million. Despite its popularity, the company said that it has been plagued by malicious users and has had to deal with constant crashes.
Parler was founded by a former programmer living in Las Vegas, John Matze. He and a fellow programmer sought to address the growing discontent with mainstream social networks.
But the Tea Party movement in the US had a much different agenda. According to experts, the platform was a breeding ground for misinformation, conspiracy theories and threats of violence.
When the riots broke out at the Capitol, the Parler app was heavily used by rioters. It hosted calls for violence and images of guns. And it did not do anything to police the violence.
On Monday, Parler announced that it had hired an interim CEO. One of the new hires is Mark Meckler, who was a founder of the Tea Party movement in the U.S.
Meckler said that this week, the focus will be on restoring the service for current and new members. Meanwhile, the company has redesigned its content guidelines to include an algorithm and human moderators.
He moderates content that threatens or incites violence
If you have been keeping track of the online world, you may have heard about the Parler app, which drew national attention after a riot erupted at the Capitol on Wednesday. The company’s chief executive has been removed and its board has a new guy in place, Mark Meckler.
Parler is a social networking site that caters to the far right. It boasts a number of impressive features. These include a click-through filter, mute capability and the ability to block certain words from your stream. As a result, users can have an uneasy time navigating the site.
Aside from being a platform that attracts white nationalists, Parler is also notable because it has a board that includes conservative megadonor Rebekah Mercer. She recently stripped Parler’s former CEO John Matze of his majority stake. In addition to being a political punching bag, Matze reportedly tried to ban material from domestic terrorists.
For a while, Parler was at full capacity. However, the company was put out to pasture after the company’s previous web host, Amazon Web Services, kicked the app off its platform in January.
Not surprisingly, Parler’s removal from the app stores has been met with criticism. Apple and Google have declined to reinstate it. Although the company claims it was forced out of both stores after a riot in the Capitol, there are a few details about the matter that are still unknown. But, a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services, the company that runs the platform, says the removal was due to an escalating amount of violent content.
To get you through the process, the company has rolled out a set of guidelines to help guide its users. Among other things, the company has updated its community hints to be more helpful.
He says he never expected to handle internet free speech
One of the biggest tech companies, Twitter, has recently become embroiled in a controversy over its handling of internet free speech. It’s also facing a challenge from a relatively new social network called Parler. The site has a reputation for attracting white nationalists and far-right groups. But it also has a strong user base amongst conservatives. And it’s owned by Rebekah Mercer, a wealthy conservative who has served on Trump’s transition team.
As a result, Parler has been targeted by other tech companies. Most recently, Amazon Web Services booted Parler from its servers because it had concerns about the violent posts on the site. SkySilk Cloud Services, which provides Parler with cloud services, defended its decision to host the platform.
Interestingly, the company said it was working to improve its content moderation policy. Regardless, SkySilk’s CEO has admitted that he has never expected to deal with the issue of internet free speech. He said that it was a “business decision” to take on Parler.
However, SkySilk’s CEO also stated that he is not advocating hate or discrimination on the platform. In fact, the company believes that its role is to provide a nonpartisan public square. They have updated their community guidelines to state that they are against discrimination, civil torts and crime. Nevertheless, the website does allow users to mute or block other users.
There are two major problems with Elon Musk’s version of free speech. First, he seems to value the power of things over the rights of others, which is a rather extreme position. Second, he’s made a series of controversial claims.
If Musk is truly committed to the idea of free speech, he has to confront the gap between his idealized view of free speech and the real world.