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Twitter will warn you before you like a labeled tweet

Twitter has started warning users who have tried to like or retweet a labeled tweet that contains misinformation.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | November 24, 2020 | Updated 10:02 IST

Highlights

  • Twitter has started warning users who have tried to like or retweet a labeled tweet.
  • The micro-blogging site adds a label to tweets that contain misleading information.
  • The new feature will be rolling out to iOS and Android users in the coming weeks.

Twitter has started warning users who have tried to like or retweet a labeled tweet. The micro-blogging site adds a label to tweets that contain misleading information. The new feature will be rolling out to iOS and Android users in the coming weeks.

Announcing the new feature, Twitter posted from its official account, "Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital. These prompts helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29% so we're expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet."

So when you try to like or retweet a message, you will get a pop-up message from Twitter claiming the post is "disputed". It will not stop you but warn you. However, despite the message, if you want to go ahead and like or retweet the labeled tweet, you can do that.

Twitter believes that warning users before they like or retweet a conflicted post will slow down the reach of the labeled post. It will also reduce the likes on the post as well.

Ahead of the presidential elections in the US, Twitter had started labeling most of President Donald Trump's tweets. Even when the vote counting was underway, Trump had declared that he had won the US Presidential elections. The tweet along with many other tweets by Trump were labeled by the micro-blogging site. While Twitter could label as many as tweets as it wanted, it could not remove Trump's profile entirely because of its guidelines.

"We recognize that sometimes it may be in the public interest to allow people to view Tweets that would otherwise be taken down. We consider content to be in the public interest if it directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern," Twitter policies state.

Now that Trump is not the President of America anymore, he could lose the protections against Twitter bans from January 2021. Trump will have to follow the same rules as any other users when President-Elect Joe Biden takes over on January 20. This means that his tweets that violate the Twitter policies will be dealt with strictly. Talking about the same, a Twitter spokesperson told the Verge, "Twitter's approach to world leaders, candidates, and public officials is based on the principle that people should be able to choose to see what their leaders are saying with clear context. This means that we may apply warnings and labels, and limit engagement to certain tweets. This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions."

Along with this, Trump's official account on Twitter @plotus, @Flotus and @whitehouse will be transferred to Joe Biden soon.

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