TWITTER FLAGS TWEETS. “..blog post does not address Trump by name, it says the new rule will apply to verified government officials” By Todd Horwitz, Bubba Trading

 


Twitter to Start Flagging Tweets

Twitter said Thursday it will start labeling tweets from influential government officials who break its rules against bullying and abusive behavior. Shares of Twitter dipped about 1% on the news and ended the trading day down 1.4%.

The new rule, announced in a blog post, responds to a common criticism of Twitter while being careful to avoid allegations of political bias. Over the last few years, users have questioned why Twitter does not take down tweets from President Donald Trump that appear to violate its content policies. While the blog post does not address Trump by name, it says the new rule will apply to verified government officials, representatives or candidates for a government position who have more than 100,000 followers.

PEN America, a free-speech advocacy group, endorsed Twitter’s new policy but urged caution. “If this policy inspires a more considered approach by political leaders to their tweets, that may be a good thing,” the organization said in a statement. “The test will be in the implementation, and in ensuring that the policy does not excessively encumber access to information for constituents and other users.”

Social-media companies are struggling to strike a balance between allowing free speech and controlling the spread of hate and other abusive content. On Wednesday, Reddit Inc. quarantined a pro-Trump user group on its platform after it said members violated its policies by threatening violence against law-enforcement officers and public officials. The same day, the White House said it plans to hold a Social Media Summit on July 11 to “bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.

Twitter said Thursday that users would be able to flag tweets by political leaders as warranting internal review by a team including employees from its trust-and-safety, public-policy and other departments. The company will also deploy technology to screen for such content.

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz

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Todd Horwitz - Author of “Average Joe Options“. Todd began his trading career in 1980 at the CBOE. He was one of the original traders in the OEX & helped start the SPX. He is a member the CME where he trades S&P futures as well as foreign currencies & is a regular contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, BNN, Fox & many other major news networks.