Twitter adds warnings to rule-breaking tweets from public figures

  • Sunday 30, June 2019 11:29 AM
  • Twitter adds warnings to rule-breaking tweets from public figures
Sharjah24 – AFP: Twitter announced Thursday it would add warning labels to tweets from officials and politicians that violate its rules a move potentially affecting the prodigious output of US President Donald Trump.
The new policy will also "deprioritize" inappropriate comments and enables Twitter to move against errant tweets without removing content important for public debate.

In these cases, users will see a notice about a tweet which violates the rules and must then tap or click through to see the message.

Twitter also will "take steps to make sure the tweet is not algorithmically elevated on our service, to strike the right balance between enabling free expression, fostering accountability, and reducing the potential harm caused by these tweets," according to a statement from the Twitter safety team.

"In the past, we've allowed certain tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public's interest, but it wasn't clear when and how we made those determinations," the company said.

Twitter said it expected these cases to be "rare" and that the new policy would only apply to verified accounts, with more than 100,000 followers, of government officials and their representatives or those running for public office, or being considered for a government position. It will not be enforced retroactively.

Twitter has the ability to remove tweets and block users posting inappropriate or abusive comments, but has also insisted on allowing matters "serving the public conversation."

To determine if a tweet violates the rules but must remain visible, Twitter will deploy "a cross-functional team" from its safety, legal and public policy departments to determine "if the tweets are a matter of public interest."