Twitter to now hide and put notice on harmful tweets by public figures

Twitter is all set to go hard on public figures that violate its community standards. In case of any such violation, Twitter will notify the users about it and will subsequently lessen its reach.

A light grey box will appear before the tweet informing the users about the violation but will be available for users who click through the box.

This new rule will be applicable on Twitter users who are verified, have more than 100,000 followers and represent a government official, be running for public office, or be considered for a government position.

“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,” Twitter’s safety team wrote in a blog post.

“Serving the public conversation includes providing the the ability for anyone to talk about what matters to them; this can be especially important when engaging with government officials and political figures” the blog added.

The blog has also put on an image that shows how will the notice look like? The notice will be immediately visible in your home timeline and across other areas like search.

“In instances where a tweet violates our rules and our review doesn’t find that it would be in the public interest to leave it up, we will require the account owner to remove the Tweet. Either way, this notice will make our decision-making clearer,” said the company.

Further, the tweet that gets the notice will feature less prominently on Twitter, and not appear in the “Safe search”, “Timeline when switched to Top Tweets”, “Live events pages”, “Recommended Tweet push notifications” and “Notifications tab Explore”.

This comes after Twitter has witnessed various global leaders violating the safety and community standards and Twitter has to face backlash for not taking constructive action.

In 2017, United States President Donald Trump tweeted an image of himself wrestling with the CNN logo. While in India several political leaders have tweeted fake news and images that further incited violence in particular cases.


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