With less than a month to go between the US presidential election and the US presidential election, Twitter has embarked on tougher restrictions on the social platform to prevent the spread of errors and false information. The measures, which will take effect next week and will continue to take effect during the election campaign, include restrictions on forwarding, adding more tags and warnings about mis-information.
Twitter says there are three main aspects to these changes. First, when users retweet, they are prompted to use “quote tweets” (retweeted tweets with comments) to encourage users to add their own views, reactions, and opinions to the content forwarded, and to think more about the tweets they are sharing. If the user does not add a comment, the retweet will appear as a “retweet.”
Second, Twitter restricts tweets that carry misleading information tags. These messages are tagged with key U.S. politicians, including candidates and campaign accounts, accounts in the U.S. (with more than 100,000 followers), and personal tweets with significant engagement. Users need to click on the warning tab to see the tweets, retweets will be turned off, and Twitter will not recommend them based on algorithms. This is expected to significantly reduce the spread of error messages on the platform.
Finally, Twitter no longer shares “liked by” and “followed by” recommendations, and Trends on the For You tab will only be included if there is additional content. “This will help people understand the large number of public conversations in the United States more quickly and help reduce the likelihood of misleading information spreading,” the company said.