Twitter’s moves, as recently announced by Facebook, are mainly aimed at countering efforts to manipulate the political landscape at critical moments of the hotly contested national vote. The political changes are the culmination of years of reforms aimed at preventing the 2016 election debacle from being repeated on social media as disinformation, false news reports and Russian interference raged virtually uncontrollably on all major platforms.
“Twitter plays a critical role in protecting the integrity of the election interview. We encourage candidates, campaigns, news agencies and voters to use Twitter respectfully and recognize our collective responsibility to voters to ensure a safe, fair and legitimate democratic process this November, ”company officials said in a blog post posted on Friday lunchtime has been. The authors were Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy, and Trust and Security Director for Twitter, and Kayvon Beykpour, Product Director for Twitter.
The moves are likely to intensify the platform̵
“It’s really important that these companies understand the unique role they play in adding or shutting down disinformation,” said Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, a Washington-based umbrella organization that promotes social Media company has pushed its platforms more aggressively to monitor for messages intended to suppress voter turnout: “These steps Twitter is taking today are really crucial.”
Twitter’s announcement on Friday means that US politicians with more than 100,000 followers – a category that Trump belongs to at 87 million – are subject to “additional warnings and restrictions” for spreading falsehoods. This expands Twitter’s existing policy against political disinformation, which has resulted in the company flagging at least 14 of Trump’s tweets in the past few months, limiting the scope of false claims about the potential of mail-in polls to encourage fraud becomes. These labeled tweets will still be available to users, but will have to tap through a warning screen to read and will limit the ability to retweet the post.
Premature victory claims made prior to the election by officials or credible news sources are also flagged. According to the company, users are referred to the Twitter election page. Any tweet related to the presidential or congressional election that the company’s moderators say promotes interference in the voting process – especially if the tweet promotes violence – will be removed.
For ordinary users, the steps Twitter is taking to slow down others’ fast retweeting are the more visible changes. Starting next week and until a winner is announced in the presidential election, Twitter will limit users’ ability to retweet automatically. Instead, users who click the “Retweet” button will see a screen asking them to provide a “Quote Tweet” or comment above the tweet they want to share.
Users can still retweet without a quote, but the process adds “extra friction and step,” the company said. The move is meant to force users to slow down and decide whether to comment – and it can slow down the viral nature of some tweets.
Twitter also limits the ways in which content is recommended. This is another way to make Tweets go viral. As of Friday, Twitter users will only be able to see content from people they don’t directly follow.