Twitter Will Restrict Users from Retweeting Offending Tweets of World Leaders
Date: 16 – October – 2019
On a blog post, Twitter informed that they will change the way people interact with the tweets of world leaders that violate the Twitter Rules but whose tweets are kept available because of public interest value.
What will change?
These kind of tweets will be placed behind a notice that provides context about the violation and allows people to click through if they want to see the content, but you won’t be able to like, reply, share, or retweet the tweet in question, in case you want to express your opinion about it, or share it, you will need to you retweet it with comment.
This notice will be only for Tweets from accounts that meet the following criteria:
>> Be or represent a government/elected 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.
And this is how the notice will look:
On a tweet and in the same blog post, Twitter made clear that the accounts of world leaders are not above their policies entirely, and they will take down the tweet in case it promotes terrorism or threats of violence, this was the case of a tweet from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
Twitter said that their goal is to enforce their rules judiciously and impartially and “provide direct insight into our enforcement decision-making, to serve public conversation, and protect the public’s right to hear from their leaders and to hold them to account.”
Until today Twitter hasn’t enforced this new policy yet.