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Twitter will Now Put a Notice if Leaders Post Vicious Tweet

The harmful tweets would, however, won't be deleted

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A light gray box will appear before the tweet, notifying users that it's in violation, but it will remain available to them. Pixabay

In what could spell trouble for political stalwarts like US President Donald Trump and several local Indian leaders who frequently tweet harmful or vicious content but get away with those posts, Twitter will now put out a notice for such tweets if they violate its policies.

The new rule would apply on accounts belonging to political figures, verified users and verified accounts with more than 100,000 followers. The harmful tweets would, however, won’t be deleted.

“That said, there are cases, such as direct threats of violence or calls to commit violence against an individual, that are unlikely to be considered in the public interest,” Twitter Safety said in a blog post on Thursday.

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The new rule would apply on accounts belonging to political figures, verified users and verified accounts with more than 100,000 followers. RFERL

The notice — a screen you have to click or tap through before you see the tweet to provide additional context and clarity — will be immediately visible in your home timeline and across other areas like search.

A light gray box will appear before the tweet, notifying users that it’s in violation, but it will remain available to them. “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,” said the micro-blogging platform.

A cross-functional team including Trust and Safety, Legal, Public Policy and regional teams will determine if the tweets are a matter of public interest based on the criteria.

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The tweet was posted atop Trump’s Twitter feed for much of Sunday, with more than 9 million views. It remained lower in the feed after Pelosi requested that the video be pulled. VOA

“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.

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When a tweet has a notice placed on it, it will feature less prominently on Twitter and will not appear in “Safe” search, “Timeline”, “Live” events pages, “Recommended Tweet” push notifications, “Notifications” tab and “Explore” tab.

“This notice won’t be applied to any Tweets sent before today and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter it often. We cannot predict the first time it will be used, but we wanted to give you more information about this new notice before you come across it on Twitter,” explained the company. (IANS)

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Twitter Rolls Out its ‘Hide Replies’ Feature

Twitter opens 'Hide Replies' feature for developers

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Twitter has rolled out its 'Hide Replies' feature to its developer community, allowing them to create tools that would help users hide replies in the conversation thread. Pixabay

Twitter has rolled out its ‘Hide Replies’ feature to its developer community, allowing them to create tools that would help users hide replies in the conversation thread on the micro-blogging platform that are offensive, hateful or racist in nature. This is a new development in the science and technology field.

Developers can now create tools that automatically hide bad tweets like those including certain prohibited keywords or those that score high for being toxic, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

Twitter today automatically hides replies by keywords or Twitter handles. Soon, it will add support for hiding replies from likely troll or bot accounts — including tweets from user accounts created too recently or from accounts with few followers.

The company has worked with a small number of developers who are now releasing tools that take advantage of the added functionality.

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A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check. Pixabay

Last November, Twitter had rolled out the ‘Hide Replies’ feature globally which lets users hide replies they think are irrelevant, off-topic, or annoying and changing the course of the discussion on the platform.

Anyone can choose to hide replies to their tweets. Everyone can see and engage with hidden replies by tapping the grey icon that will appear on the tweets. It is not the equivalent of a delete button, but hides replies behind an icon. There is, however, a downside to the feature.

“For example, a user could choose to hide replies that simply disagreed with their views. This would then create a ‘filter bubble’ where only people who shared the original poster’s same opinion would have their comments prominently displayed,” Tech Crunch reported earlier.

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A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check.

Twitter said that it was also working on new controls and more clarity around the rules of conversation spaces. (IANS)