WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter Inc’s (TWTR.N) said on Thursday it would be to identify and to deemphasize the tweets that broke the rules, but that came from the major sources, such as politicians, in order to strike a balance between freedom of speech and expression, and accountability.
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The new feature comes as Twitter has been under scrutiny over the political prejudices of the tweets that will be displayed in the feed, and from critics who argue that it is not enough being done to police the tweets of various politicians, that would have to be removed, as a typical user, that is, they have to be placed.
The US President, Donald Trump, an avid Twitter user, with over 61 million followers, and other conservatives have repeatedly accused technology companies of being biased against them and in favour of the liberals.
As for the flag, and the announcement would be related to the offending tweet, and it will require a user to click on a link to view it.
Twitter said the new rules would apply to politicians and government officials, with more than 100,000 followers. Some critics have called on Twitter to take the nasty tweets from the Home, and the other of their parents.
“Yes, there are some cases where it is in the interests of the public to have access to some Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” Twitter said in a blog post.
In the past, Twitter had been allowed to make such tweets have to continue to be on the run when they are in the public interest, according to the company.
Now, it added, “We have put a notice a display, you must click or tap on it before the Tweet, additional context and clarity.”
The notice will appear in the home timeline, and in other areas as well, such as, search, Twitter also said.
Twitter also added that “there are cases, such as imminent threat of violence, or incitement to violence against a person, who is not likely to be considered to be in the public interest.”
The White House did not immediately have a comment. A Trump spokesman said this week that the White House is planning a July 11-social media summit at the White House, but it has not yet been identified the participants.
He said in a television interview on Wednesday, without providing evidence, that Twitter is the “very, very difficult for people to join you on Twitter … and they will make it a lot harder for me to get the message out.” He added: “with Twitter, it is just awful what they are doing.” Twitter declined to comment.
Report by David Shepardson, Washington Akanksha Rana, Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Marguerita Choy