Donald Trump is an addict. He has tweeted an astounding 42,000+ times since he joined Twitter 10 years ago and he could soon be restricted. Twitter just announced it will slap warning labels on posts by politicians it deems violate their rules.
The new policy will affect world leaders and other political figures who use the platform to threaten or abuse others and comes amid accusations Twitter has allowed Trump to tweet hateful messages other users would be censured for.
Users will see a warning over the post and have to tap through it to see the message, but the tweet will not be removed. Twitter often removes “regular people’s” posts and bans them temporarily for hate speech that could incite violence.
Twitter said the policy applies to all government officials, candidates and similar public figures with more than 100,000 followers. Twitter will not use its algorithms to “elevate” or otherwise promote those tweets.
Keegan Hankes, research analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center‘s Intelligence Project, said,
“It’s a step in the right direction.”
But added, Twitter is essentially arguing
“that hate speech can be in the public interest. I am arguing that hate speech is never in the public interest”.
Twitter’s rules prohibit threatening violence against a person or group, engaging in “targeted harassment of someone”, or inciting others to do so, such as wishing a person is harmed. It also bans hate speech against a group based on race, ethnicity, gender or other categories.
Trump has also tweeted a video of himself beating a man in the wrestling ring with the hashtag FraudNewsCNN and retweeted faked anti-Muslim videos.
Twitter won’t say whether any of Trump’s hateful tweets violated its rules. They would also not comment on what role, if any, Trump’s Twitter activity played in these new warning-labels.
(via The Independent)