Twitter to flag tweets from politicians and govt officials who break their rules

Social networking website Twitter mentioned on Thursday it would roll out new rules for politicians and authorities officials with greater than 100,000 followers.

“There are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” Twitter mentioned in a weblog put up.

In the previous, Twitter had allowed such tweets to stay on its feed as they have been in public curiosity, the corporate mentioned.

Now, it added, “We’ll place a notice – a screen you have to click or tap through before you see the Tweet – to provide additional context and clarity.”

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The discover will seem within the residence timeline and throughout different areas comparable to search, Twitter mentioned.

The new rule comes within the wake of criticisms towards Twitter whereas being cautious to keep away from allegations of political bias. Over the previous few years, many customers have questioned why Twitter doesn’t take down tweets from some politicians and authorities officials that seem to violate its content material insurance policies.

In an announcement on Thursday, Twitter didn’t point out anybody by title, but it surely mentioned the brand new rule will apply to verified authorities officials, representatives or candidates for a authorities place who have greater than 100,000 followers.

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Prior to the announcement, U.S President Donald Trump had lambasted Twitter, Google, and different Tech giants on Wednesday, claiming they’re repressing his messaging and public commentary. “Twitter is just terrible, what they do. They don’t allow you to get the phrase out, ” President Trump informed Fox Business Network.  “I’ll inform you what, they need to be sued…”, he added.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks within the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

“What they did to me on Twitter is incredible,” President additionally mentioned. “I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you, they make it very hard for people to join me in Twitter and they make it very much harder for me to get out the message.”

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Twitter responded by way of e-mail on Wednesday that its focus is on enhancing the well being of its platform — together with the elimination of pretend accounts to stop malicious exercise — and that many distinguished figures have seen follower counts drop in consequence.

“We build our products with extraordinary care and safeguards to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without any regard for political viewpoint,” a Google spokesperson informed CNBC in an e-mail. “Our rating guidelines are publicly visible for all to see.”

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