Problematic Tweets by World Leaders
Well, if that isn’t the most 2019 headline ever. On Tuesday, Twitter gave details on how they plans to stop the spread of problematic tweets by world leaders.
Way back in June Twitter announced that it would start labeling tweets from Government Officials who violate its rules. They company will “err on the side of leaving the content up” if there’s a clear public interest in doing so. Those tweets not deemed to be in the public interest (and in violation of Twitter’s rules) must be taken down.
On Tuesday, though, the company said that this feature has yet to be used. When it is used, though, Twitter uses won’t be able to like or retweet or share the content in question.
“We want to make it clear today that the accounts of world leaders are not above our policies entirely,” Twitter wrote in a blog post. “This post seeks to provide clear insight into how we address content from world leaders on Twitter today, and will serve as our statement on the decisions we make, rather than our teams providing feedback on individual Tweets and decisions.”
Finding A Balance
It’s important to note that Twitter has said that it will still allow users to quote-tweet to express an opinion of their own on the post.
They state, “When it comes to the actions of world leaders on Twitter, we recognize that this is largely new ground and unprecedented.”
Twitter has mentioned that they are aiming to “strike the right balance between enabling free expression, fostering accountability, and reducing the potential harm caused by these tweets.” The company reiterated that the policy is meant to “protect the public’s right to hear from their leaders and to hold them to account.”