Twitter enacts multiple changes to how retweets work to stifle ‘viral election fakes’

Twitter enacts multiple changes to how retweets work to stifle ‘viral election fakes’
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO (Image: YouTube screen grab via New York Times)

[Ed. – The problem with striving to be fair is that you have to be fair-minded in the first place. Twitter is anything but.]

With the November elections less than two weeks away, Twitter on Tuesday put into effect a change in its “retweet” process to help prevent abuse and the spread of misinformation.

Starting Oct. 20th, “People who go to Retweet will be brought to the Quote Tweet composer where they’ll be encouraged to comment before sending their Tweet,” according to the company’s blog post.

The big tech giant’s aim is to no longer have users retweet at will, but instead prompt them to share written thoughts before sending messages and posts back out into cyberspace. However, a user can leave the composer blank and still hit the retweet button and the retweeted message will proceed as it normally would.

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In addition, Twitter will no longer show “liked by” or “followed by” recommendations from people users do not follow.

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