Twitter has started warning users who have tried to like or retweet a flagged or labelled tweet. The micro-blogging site prompts a warning to tweets which contains misleading information. The new feature will roll out in the upcoming weeks to iOS and Android users.
While making the announcement of this new feature, Twitter posted via its official account, “Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital. These prompts helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29% so we’re expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet.”
Let us understand it in detail, suppose if you try to like or retweet a labeled message or tweet, you will receive a pop-up message from Twitter claiming that the post is “disputed”. It will not stop you but it will warn you prior and if you want to go ahead and like or retweet the labeled tweet, you will be able to do that.
As per Twitter, prompting a warning message to users before liking or retweeting such tweets will slow down the reach of the labeled post and will also reduce the likes on the post as well.
Twitter had started labeling most of the tweets of President Donald Trump ahead of the presidential elections in the US. When the counting of votes was underway, Trump had declared that he had won the US Presidential elections and that tweet along with many other tweets by Trump were labeled by the micro-blogging site. Twitter can label as many tweets as it wanted since it could not remove Trump’s profile completely because of its regulations.
Twitter policies state that “We recognize that sometimes it may be in the public interest to allow people to view Tweets that would otherwise be taken down. We consider content to be in the public interest if it directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern.”
Since now Trump is not the President of America anymore hence he could lose the protections against Twitter bans starting from January 2021. Trump will also have to follow the same rules like any other user when President-Elect Joe Biden takes it over on January 20. This simply means that his tweets which breach the policies of Twitter will be dealt strictly. Moreover, along with this, Trump’s official account on Twitter @plotus, @Flotus and @whitehouse will soon be transferred to Joe Biden.
In this regard, a Twitter spokesperson told the Verge, “Twitter’s approach to world leaders, candidates, and public officials is based on the principle that people should be able to choose to see what their leaders are saying with clear context. This means that we may apply warnings and labels, and limit engagement to certain tweets. This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions.”