Twitter just announced that it will be implementing new warning labels on controversial tweets.
In an explanation by Twitter:
“A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable. With this in mind, 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. On the rare occasions when this happens, 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.”
Additionally, Twitter will take steps to ensure the tweet that is a violation of their guidelines will not rise up in their algorithm. They want to ensure they are allowing their community to express themselves freely while also not causing harm to others.
Twitter will be adding warning labels to tweets from users that violate the community from accounts with the following criteria:
- Be or represent a government official, be running for public office, or be considered for a government position (i.e., next in line, awaiting confirmation, named successor to an appointed position);
- Have more than 100,000 followers; and
- Be verified.
For more on this read twitter’s announcement here.