Twitter in its new policy is moving against rule-breaking comments while enabling messages and announcements that are important for public debate.
Twitter will label and deprioritize tweets from officials and politicians, that violate its rules – a move potentially affecting the prodigious output of US President Donald Trump.
- The new policy would only apply to verified political candidates and government officials with more than 100,000 followers.
- It will not affect tweets sent prior to the announcement.
- Twitter has the ability to remove tweets and block users posting inappropriate or abusive comments, but has also insisted on allowing matters “serving the public conversation.”
- To determine if a tweet violates the rules but must remain visible, Twitter will deploy a cross-functional team from its safety, legal and public policy departments to determine if the tweets are a matter of public interest.
- In these cases, users will see a notice about a tweet which violates the rules and must then tap or click through to see the message.
- The main motive of Twitter will be to strike the right balance between enabling free expression, fostering accountability, and reducing the potential harm caused by these tweets.
Twitter said it expected these cases to be “rare” and that the new policy would only apply to verified accounts, with more than 100,000 followers, of government officials and their representatives or those running for public office, or being considered for a government position. It will not be enforced retroactively.
Why Twitter reviewed its policies?
It has previously allowed certain tweets that violated their rules to still remain on Twitter because they were in the public’s interest, but it wasn’t clear what their proper determinations were to decide it.
Is there Trump’s hand in the formation of new policy?
The new policy comes a day after Trump doubled down on his criticism of Twitter, claiming the platform is biased and suppresses conservative voices despite the president’s following of 61 million users.
“What they did to me on Twitter is incredible,” Trump said on Wednesday. “I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter, and they make it very hard for me to get out the message.”
With this policy, it is understandable that the powerful social sites are acting against the violators even if it is a powerful politician too.