Twitter is limiting retweets to fight US election misinformation

Joe White

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In context: With the U.S. presidential election less than a month away, Twitter is making fundamental changes to its platform in a further attempt to combat the spread of misinformation. The changes include limiting retweets and adding further labels and warnings for misinformation, due to come into effect next week, these will remain active throughout the election period.

Twitter explained that the changes are three-fold. First, when users go to retweet, they’ll instead be prompted to use a “quote tweet” composer where additional commentary can be added. Twitter hopes that this will encourage users to think more about the tweet they’re sharing while adding their own thoughts, reactions, and perspectives. If users don’t add their own commentary, the tweet will appear as a retweet.

Second, Twitter is clamping down on tweets with a misleading information label from leading U.S. political figures (including candidates and campaign accounts), U.S.-based accounts with more than 100,000 followers, and individual tweets which obtain significant engagement. Users will need to tap through a warning label to see these tweets, retweets will be turned off, and these messages won’t be algorithmically recommended by Twitter. This is expected to significantly reduce the spread of misinformation on the platform.

Finally, Twitter will no longer share “liked by” and “followed by” recommendations from people you don’t follow, and Trends in the “For You” tab will only be included if they have additional context.

“This will help people more quickly gain an informed understanding of the high volume public conversation in the U.S. and also help reduce the potential for misleading information to spread,” the company said.

Before this, Twitter had been labelling misinformation on its platform while quietly developing a secret feature that should help further combat the spread. Until that’s ready, it seems the platform is doing all it can to make the U.S. presidential election as democratic, valid, and fair as possible.

Twitter’s latest changes are launching globally on October 20 and will remain active through the end of election week, though the company hinted that they could become a permanent fixture.

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QuantumPhysics

Posts: 4,701   +5,102
I would say that it’s better late than never...
I noticed there was very little media coverage when Trumps Twitter was temporarily blocked when he leaked a journalist’s info earlier this week:
 

Theinsanegamer

Posts: 2,386   +3,469
So twitter is going to obliterate their own site interaction? The 1% that make up 90% of twitter activity retweet constantly, its like re-blogging on tumblr.

Also, yet another platform restriction under the name of "misinformation". The Department of Truth has decreed it, therefore it is the truth.
 

Uncle Al

Posts: 8,001   +6,775
Just another reason I don't use Twitter ..... all of these "improvements" should have existed from day one. As for politicians, I prefer those that aren't afraid to face the press and take questions when putting out announcements over those that hide in the bedroom closet, late at night, and fire out useless dribble and outright lies .....
 

captaincranky

Posts: 16,498   +5,305
As for politicians, I prefer those that aren't afraid to face the press and take questions when putting out announcements over those that hide in the bedroom closet, late at night, and fire out useless dribble and outright lies .....
Well, at least one of those politicians, (guess who), does both, and caught covid in the process.

While it may have been, "a blessing from god", for him, all I saw was a burden to the American taxpayer. The helicopter, the experimental drugs, the secret service for security at Walter Reed, the ongoing maintenance of a "special" wing at Walter Reed, and the list goes on.

However, with this particular public official, it's easy to determine exactly when "misinformation", is being disseminated. If his lips are moving, he's lying.

That's OK though, since he sincerely believes the lies he tells.

However ,those in the mental health community, might diagnose that as, "pathological". The other children can often be so cruel, can't they?
Someone should shout them down and fire them.

Skillful lying is sometimes considered an art, right? Isn't it funny how "art" imitates life?
 
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Hexic

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Twitter is super left, always has been.

100%. Twitter has always been a far left circle-jerk, as well as Reddit. Not worth wasting your time on unless you feel the need to reaffirm your own beliefs via the genius that is herd mentality.

When it happens “IRL” it’s called a riot. But online it’s just coined “social justice”.
 

Endymio

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Actions like this are why Twitter deserves to lose its Sec 230 CDA tort immunity. Twitter is acting as both editor and publisher of information on its site, and should be held accountable when that information is false and defamatory, no different than any other publisher.