On Thursday Twitter Safety announced via Twitter a “new notice,” that would apply to Twitter accounts that are or represent “a government official, be running for public office, or be considered for a government position (i.e., next in line, awaiting confirmation, named successor to an appointed position).”
Sometimes, we decide that it may be in the public’s interest for certain Tweets to remain on Twitter, even if they would otherwise break our rules. We're going to start using a new notice to make it clear when we make these decisions. Read more:https://t.co/XqlJ9KHgir— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) June 27, 2019
According to the Twitter Blog post the new notice will show on tweets issued by users affiliated with Government positions or seeking office, that have violated Twitter’s Terms of Service (TOS), by stating, “The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available,” with the user able to click “view” in order to access the tweet.
Aside from the tweet having to come from an government official to trigger the user notice, the account must also have 100,000 or more, and be a verified user account.
As The Washington Post explains the new notice comes at a time, when social media companies have come under immense pressure to better monitor users that post messages viewed as racist, abusive, or calling for violence.
CNBC News notes, that the new policy, to label politicians tweets that might be offensive, comes as there has been an increase in demand to remove some of President Trump tweets, viewed as threatening or racist in nature.
The White House did not offer comment when asked about the change by CNBC News.
On Wednesday President Trump blasted Twitter, while speaking with Fox Business Network, telling host Maria Bartiromo that it is just incredible how hard Twitter makes it for him to get out his message.
He went on to say that someone told him, “sir, I can’t join you on Twitter,” regarding how much harder it is for the President to gain followers.
Twitter users shared their own ideas of what the notice should look like.
i have some ideas for labels u can add twitter pic.twitter.com/fnAy7XvhMG— darth™ (@darth) June 27, 2019
I have another…. pic.twitter.com/yxY19R9AxE— kms (@karallynn) June 27, 2019