Twitter to add warnings to tweets by public officials that violate the service's rules by sharing hateful messages

Author: Barbara Ortutay, ABC News, Published on: 27 June 2019

"Politicians' tweets could get slapped with warning labels," 27 Jun 2019

Presidents and other world leaders and political figures who use Twitter to threaten or abuse others could find their tweets slapped with warning labels. The new policy... comes amid complaints from activists and others that President Donald Trump has gotten a free pass from Twitter to post hateful messages and attack his enemies in ways they say could lead to violence. From now on, a tweet that Twitter deems to involve matters of public interest, but which violates the service's rules, will be obscured by a warning explaining the violation. Users will have to tap through the warning to see the underlying message, but the tweet won't be removed, as Twitter might do with a regular person's posts. Up to now, the company has exempted prominent leaders from many... rules, contending that publishing controversial tweets from politicians helps hold them accountable and encourages discussion.Twitter said it is still possible for a government official or other figure to tweet something so egregious that it warrants removal. A direct threat of violence against an individual, for instance, would qualify. The company said warning-label decisions will be made by a group that includes members of its trust and safety, legal and public policy teams, as well as employees in the regions where particular tweets originate.

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