Twitter is rolling out a new ‘crisis information policy’ to warn users about certain content
Elon Musk has notoriously asked Twitter about its content removal policies, even polling its millions of followers to find out whether or not they think the social media company “rigorously adheres” to the concept of free speech.
Twitter is now taking a new stance and rolling out a new policy against misinformation which the company calls its “Crisis Disinformation Policy,” applicable during times deemed to be “armed conflict, public health emergencies, and large-scale natural disasters.” scale”.
“In times of crisis, misleading information can undermine public trust and cause further harm to already vulnerable communities,” Twitter explained in a press release. “Along with our existing work to make trusted information more accessible during crisis events, this new approach will help slow our dissemination of the most visible and misleading content, especially that which could cause serious harm.”
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The policy is being rolled out amid the escalating crisis between Russia and Ukraine, although the company has only responded directly to it once.
“As this first iteration focuses on international armed conflict, beginning with the war in Ukraine, we plan to update and expand the policy to include additional forms of crisis,” the company said.
In order to implement the policy, Twitter will cover certain Tweets with the new disclaimer that users will need to click to view the content. Tweets with the disclaimer will also not be promoted or amplified via user feeds or on Twitter’s public page.
The company clarified that this content will not be removed entirely for the purpose of “damage reduction” without removing the content outright.
Twitter was broken down just under 30% year-over-year as of Friday’s market close.
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