Thursday , October 1 2020

Twitter: Our Policy Does Not Give Free Rein to Political Figures.

Twitter: Our Policy Does Not Give Free Rein To Political figures.

In a statement made to clarify it’s policies, Twitter has said that accounts  owned by world leaders are not above it’s  rules.

Making it clear that they reserve the right to take action against offending tweets from these accounts not minding the owners.

In a tweet shared on Tuesday, Twitter said world leaders are not above the rules of their online platform and could see their messages removed or demoted for egregious conduct violating its terms of service.

In a statement aimed at clarifying its policies, Twitter said it reserves the right to take “enforcement action” on offending tweets, notably those including threats of violence or posting of private information.

This is coming over criticism of social media platforms allowing political leaders to tweet  false and misleading statements.

“We want to make it clear today that the accounts of world leaders are not above our policies entirely” the company said in a blog post.

The social media platform has made it clear that it would take action against any account for promotion of terrorism or clear and direct threats of violence as well as the inclusion of private information, such as a home address or phone number.

It would also act on the posting of intimate photos or videos of someone without consent, and any post related to child sexual exploitation or promoting self-harm.

The company explained that it has not changed its policy which gives leeway to political speech.

The policy announced in June exempts most political commentary from its rules.

It previously indicated that if a tweet from a world leader violates Twitter’s rules but there is a clear public interest in the information it may require users to click on a notice acknowledging they want to see the message.

“Our goal is to enforce our rules judiciously and impartially” Twitter said.

“With critical elections and shifting political dynamics around the world, we recognize that we’re operating in an increasingly complex and polarized political culture. These are constantly evolving challenges and we’ll keep our policies and approach under advisement.”

Facebook has notably been slammed for allowing President Donald Trump to run ads which critics say included debunked information on Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Also Read: Facebook Fighting Misinformation With More African Languages

Another Democratic hopeful, Senator Elizabeth Warren, stepped up her battle with Facebook by running her own ad with deliberately false information, stating: “Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election”.

Facebook noted that similar to broadcasters, it does not seek to censor political messages.
“We agree it’s better to let voters — not companies — decide,” Facebook said in response to Warren.

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