In the eye of the hurricane for their fundamental role in spreading disinformation, the internet giants continue to take steps to try to avoid repeating their serious mistakes, or at least minimize them, especially in the face of imminence elections in the United States over which dark clouds fly. A week after Facebook will announce that as of November 3 veto until new notice announcements on social, political or electoral issues, this Friday Twitter (which already banned political ads last year) has announced that it is launching measures to try to stop this spread of misinformation.
Among the most outstanding steps, and that no other platform has adopted at the moment, is to disable temporarily of his algorithm the recommendation of tweets from political figures accounts and US accounts with more than 100,000 followers that the network itself has marked as disinformation (something he’s done lately with several tweets from the president Donald Trump). In those tagged messages will be disabled the “like & rdquor ;, retweet or reply functions.
Changes communicated by Twitter will have temporary nature but they are designed around the American presidential elections, in which the the rise of vote by mail in the middle of the pandemic suggests that the vote count will be lengthened, making late in knowing the winner.
The fear that these circumstances will be used to incite violence is real and Twitter has also announced that delete tweets that do. Likewise, it will tag those who declare a winner before any official organism or at least two respected national media outlets that make election screenings and will forward users to their own election information page.
To curb the spread of misinformation, furthermore, the network will slow down the option to retweet encouraging whoever tries to do it first to add a comment or an opinion (although they can choose not to write anything). And if a user wants to retweet something that has been labeled as disinformation, they are you will remember that you are sharing inaccurate information.
Although the measures they do not include the removal of the trends section, which many observers and critics requested, considering them vulnerable to ‘trolls’ and ‘bots’ and hacks like the ones they recently achieved white supremacists and the conspirators of QAnon, Twitter is going to intensify the data checking and the attempt to give context to the topics that appear in that section.
Altogether the new steps more than possibly they won’t be to Trump’s liking, what’s wrong with it 87 million of followers in the social network. In May, after one of his tweets with falsehoods about postal voting was tagged with an alert, the president signed a executive order with the aim of limiting protections to social networks. When you tweet “Section 230! & Rdquor ;, you are referring to those protections.