Twitter slows down tweet before US election

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  This will make it harder for posts to go viral before the US election, including limitations on how users can retweet.

The steps unveiled on Friday, including users viewing certain tweets for reliable content, are the boldest yet for the social-media platform and designed to slow the spread of misinformation.

Where users first press a button for reshare, or “retweet” items, they will now be directed to a screen that will encourage adding commentary before recharging the post. If users don’t write anything, their post will still appear as a traditional retweet – but according to the company blog post, the change in process “adds some extra friction”.

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Twitter will start experimenting with this change for some users later on Friday and will roll it out to all users by 20 October. This change will last until at least the end of the US election week.

Twitter legal, policy, trust and security head Vijaya Mattress and product head Kayvan Baykour wrote, “We hope it will encourage everyone to consider not only why they are promoting a tweet, but It also increases the likelihood that people add their ideas. ” Blog post Friday.

Social-media companies are avoiding being mired in potential confusion and their platforms can be misused to undermine the integrity of the political process in America.

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Has stated that it will suspend all political advertisements after the elections. November 3, other platforms including Twitter and TickTalk have already implemented, and several platforms including Facebook, Twitter have taken steps to ban QAnon against a rapidly growing conspiracy. .

Twitter has done experiments before Encourage users to read the article before sharing On the site.

Additionally, Twitter plans to display a new prompt, which provides users with reliable information when trying to retract posts identified as Twitter containing misleading information. This change will begin next week.

Currently Twitter labels tweets that contain misleading information about Kovid-19 and the US election, among other items. Tweets that receive these labels are de-amplified in Twitter’s algorithm, and the company will, in some cases, delete these tweets.

Twitter said that a subset of tweets that received misinformation labels on Friday would make it harder for users to share and make suggestions to ensure that users add their own context before reposting them. These new warnings will apply to tweets that are labeled as misinformation and posted by users who have impacted the platform, such as US political figures and US-based with more than 100,000 followers the user.

As text messages, digital advertising and social media continue to deeply embed ourselves in the days and lives of our epidemic, an unprecedented amount of political misconduct and disinformation threatens to disrupt the 2020 election. Example: Preston Jessie for the Wall Street Journal

To slow the spread of tweets, the company is tweeting its algorithm to prevent tweets from appearing in the feed based on only the likes received. Currently, tweets viewed by users are organized through an algorithm that includes content from the accounts they follow as well as the tweets that other users like. .

Other changes are designed to add more context rather than slow the spread of content. Twitter said that if it included an explanation, it would be the only subject for users in the US with its personal trending themes. This change would require Twitter’s curators to review trending topics more closely – and add descriptions of links to articles for the items included.

Twitter’s list of trending topics has come under scrutiny at times for promoting content stemming from inaccurate promotional campaigns with the intention of showing false views.

Twitter also said that the company plans to label any tweet that falsely claims victory for any candidate and remove tweets that encourage violence or force people into polling places or election results Calls for intervention. To determine the results of an election in the US, the company said it would either require a proclamation from state election officials or a public launch from at least two official, national news outlets that made free election calls Huh.

Write Georgia Wales in Georgia. [email protected]

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