NEWSLETTER: Twitter will label WARNING LABELS on & # 39; offensive & # 39; tweets from politicians and limit how many people they see in new policies being rolled out just one day after Trump accused the platform of censoring him
Twitter has started placing virtual warning labels on the messages of politicians that would prohibit it as offensive if the identity of their authors did not automatically lead to matters of general interest.
The action, announced Thursday, came barely 24 hours after President Donald Trump accused the leaders of the social media platform of censorship in an attempt to limit the circulation of his ideas.
Twitter & # 39; s & # 39; security team & # 39; wrote in a blog post that when officials or candidates have posted material in the past that & # 39; has violated our rules & # 39 ;, it often chose to ignore the problem in the interest of political freedom of expression.
But now, in some cases, it will force users to click on a disclaimer before viewing such material and intentionally reduce the ability to go viral.
The move, the company said, would make it possible to & # 39; find the right balance between enabling free expression, promoting accountability and reducing potential damage & # 39; that may cause some tweets.
Trump has 61.4 million followers on Twitter, giving him a huge opening to change the global debate on every topic he chooses or launch a news program to distract the media from an existing one he finds unfavorable.
Some of his reports have quarreled liberals who see attacks on the media and his political opponents as something pale and unseemly for a president.
Twitter released an image on Thursday that shows what a warning label would look like.
It consists of reading a message: & # 39; The Twitter rules about abuse apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public interest that the Tweet remains available. & # 39;
Users cannot see or read it until they click on the word & # 39; Show & # 39; click.
In a Fox Business Network interview on Wednesday, hostess Maria Bartiromo asked the president if he was afraid that Titans from Silicon Valley censored & # 39; prior to the 2020 elections.
& # 39; Twitter is just what they do, & # 39; he replied. & # 39; They don't let you understand the word [off]. I have had so many people come to me: "Sir, I cannot join you on Twitter." I see what happens, 100 percent. & # 39;
& # 39; These people are all Democrats. It is completely biased towards Democrats, & Trump complained. & # 39; If I announce tomorrow that I am going to be a nice liberal democrat, I would pick up 5 times more followers. & # 39;
The announcement of Twitter did not mention the president by name and said it is unclear when it will select the first tweet for the new form of censorship.
Her mentioned rules prohibit tweets that fall into a number of subjective categories, including & # 39; the glorification of violence & # 39; and & # 39; targeted harassment & # 39 ;.
They also prohibit tweets that promote & # 39; violence against, threaten or harass other people & # 39; based on their & # 39; race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious belief, age, disability, or serious illness. & # 39;
Twitter said in January 2018 that it was reluctant to restrict the free expression of politicians who tweet controversial opinions.
& # 39; Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial tweets would hide important information that people should be able to see and discuss, & # 39; the company then wrote. & # 39; It wouldn't silence that leader either, but it would certainly make the necessary discussion of their words and actions more difficult. & # 39;
Some of Trump's tweets have generated public controversies because of his mocking tone or targeted insults.
Last year he called his fired former assistant Omorosa Manigault-Newman & # 39; that dog & # 39; and a & # 39; insane, howling lowlife & # 39; after she wrote a book accusing him of a mentally deteriorating racist.
In 2017, he tweeted an altered video that depicted him as a pro-wrestler who threw a person to the ground, whose face looked like & # 39; CNN & # 39; was labeled.
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