Twitter to slow down retweeting process to prevent spread of misinformation during election

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 9th, 2020 3:26 pm
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Last Updated Oct 11th, 2020 at 4:06 pm

Twitter has put limits on how users can retweet content, slowing down the process to discourage the spread of misinformation ahead of the U.S. election.

The move, which was rolled out to some users on Friday, includes directing users to credible content on some tweets, encouraging adding commentary when retweeting, and tweaking the algorithm to change which tweets users see.

Users that go to reshare tweets will now be encouraged to add commentary, although the tweet will still be shared as a normal "retweet" if users decide not to add anything.

"We hope it will encourage everyone to not only consider why they are amplifying a tweet, but also increase the likelihood that people add their own thoughts," Twitter's legal, policy, trust and safety head Vijaya Gadde and product lead Kayvon Beykpour wrote in a blog post on Friday.

The changes begin to roll out for users on Friday and will be available for all users on October 20. Twitter said the changes will last at least through the end of the week of the U.S. presidential election.

🔦 The social media company also said that it will label as false any candidate who claims a win before an announcement from state election officials or a public projection from at least two authoritative, national news outlets making independent election calls.


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