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New York (CNN Business) — Twitter plans to place a disclaimer on future tweets from world leaders that break its rules but which Twitter decides are in the “public interest,” the company said in a blog post Thursday.
This policy change could face its most prominent test in President Trump. Trump has repeatedly tested Twitter’s community standards with his regular tirades on the platform and some of the president’s tweets have run afoul of Twitter’s rules.
The article goes on to state the following:
Twitter (TWTR) has in the past allowed tweets from Trump and other world leaders to remain online, even though they broke the company’s rules, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business, because it believes the tweets are in the public interest.
The company provided a list of criteria that would inform this decision, including “Whether preserving a Tweet will allow others to hold the government official, candidate for public office, or appointee accountable for their statements.”
“When a Tweet has this notice placed on it, it will feature less prominently on Twitter,” the company said, adding that such tweets will not appear in Twitter’s algorithmically generated “Top Tweets,” its live event pages, and some other features.
The new feature will apply to verified government officials, political candidates and people who are being considered for a government position and who have more than 100,000 followers, Twitter said.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 27, 2019
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 27, 2019
— Engadget (@engadget) June 27, 2019
Twitter will add a “notice” to tweets from elected officials like President Trump that violate the site’s rules — saying keeping them up serves the public interest.
Criteria for what’s in the public interest include: holding officials accountable + preserving context on issues. pic.twitter.com/b1m1XOSfKq
— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 27, 2019
We wonder if this feature will be applied evenly? https://t.co/xy5TcbELWc
— PragerU (@prageru) June 27, 2019
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