For your protection: Twitter to force retweet delay as election nears; will flag ‘inaccurate’ info

For your protection: Twitter to force retweet delay as election nears; will flag ‘inaccurate’ info
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO (Image: YouTube screen grab via New York Times)

[Ed. – Yes, starting 20 October, Twitter plans to make you wait to receive and retweet things.  And if you try to RT something flagged as “inaccurate” by “authoritative sources,” you’ll get a warning.  But hey, they’re going to “curate” the trending topics for you, lest you form you own untutored impressions of what the topics “mean.”  (I think they mean “explicate” the trending topics, given that Twitter already curates them.]

Twitter said Friday a subset of the tweets that receive misinformation labels will be made harder for users to share and feature a suggestion that users add their own context before reposting them. These new warnings will apply to tweets that are labeled as containing misinformation and posted by users who have outsized influence on the platform, such as U.S. political figures and U.S.-based users with more than 100,000 followers.

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Other changes are designed to add more context rather than slow the spread of content. Twitter said it will only surface topics in its personalized trending topics tab for users in the U.S. if they include an explanation. This change will require Twitter’s curators to review the trending topics more closely—and add descriptions of links to articles for the items that are included.

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