On Wednesday, a Twitter executive said Twitter will begin labeling tweets from public figures and even the President when they violate their rules.
VIJAYA GADDE: Twitter’s head of legal, policy, trust and safety is looking into annotating offensive tweets from public figures with a message of why the tweet remains published.
TWITTER: Twitter has noted that some posts under public figures remain published because of “newsworthy” information, even though it may violate Twitter rules.
VIJAYA GADDE: During a Washington Post event she stated, “One of the things we’re working really closely on with our product and engineering folks is, ‘How can we label that?”
She continued saying, “How can we put some context around it so people are aware that that content is actually a violation of our rules and it is serving a particular purpose in remaining on the platform?”
A person questioned Vijaya if Trump can tweet whatever he wants and Vijaya answered without actually answering the question says, “When we leave that content on the platform there’s no context around that and it just lives on Twitter and people can see it and they just assume that is the type of content or behavior that’s allowed by our rules.”
TWITTER: Twitter’s policies dictate tweets from politicians are important to pubic debate where the rest of the public may chime in. Although, any use of threats and violence will not be allowed from anyone just “newsworthy” tweets that they dictate are good f0r publish.
VIJAYA GADDE: She stated, “An example would be a direct violent threat against an individual that we wouldn’t leave on the platform because of the danger it poses to that individual.”
“But there are other types of content that we believe are newsworthy or in the public interest that people may want to have a conversation around,” she added.
She also stated that newsworthiness clause does not protect all public figures from all tweets.
Vijaya Gadde during the Washington Post event.
Twitter still won’t remove Trump’s tweets that violate its rules. But it will label them. https://t.co/5qskI524Ce
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 28, 2019
CONCLUSION: Twitter is censoring more people as they proceed with their rules and now adding exclusivity when tweeting.
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