Twitter May Add Warnings to Trump’s Tweets to ‘Tackle Hate’
Platform considers 'annotating' posts deemed 'dehumanizing' but still 'newsworthy'
Social media giant Twitter is considering adding warnings to posts by President Donald Trump, and other prominent figures, for tweets that violate the company's policies but are still considered "newsworthy."
According to Vijaya Gadde, the company's head of legal, policy, and trust and safety, Twitter is looking into adding the warnings after examining how it could warn users about tweets that break its rules on "hate speech" but are still in the public interest.
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
“One of the things we’re working really closely on with our product and engineering folks is, ‘How can we label that?’” Gadde told The Washington Post at an event in San Francisco.
“How can we put some context around it so people are aware that that content is actually a violation of our rules and it is serving a particular purpose in remaining on the platform.”
According to the Post, Gadde said the efforts provide additional context will maintain the Jack Dorsey-led company's community standards but also allow the platform to serve as a place for public policy conversations.
In Twitter’s present iteration, she told the Post, “when we leave that content on the platform there’s no context around that and it just lives on Twitter and people can see it and they just assume that is the type of content or behavior that’s allowed by our rules.”
Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous! Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join @realDonaldTrump. They have removed many names & greatly slowed the level and speed of increase. They have acknowledged-done NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2018
According to Fox News, however, content that is violent or directly threatens harm is where Twitter currently draws a line.
“There is absolutely a line of a type of content, an example being a direct, violent threat against an individual that we wouldn’t leave on the platform because of the danger it poses to that individual,” Gadde said.
“But, there are other types of content that we believe are newsworthy or in the public interest that people may want to have a conversation around.”
Dorsey has in the past said that core aspects of Twitter could be altered or modified and the company is testing a range of ways to make conversations on the platform more healthy.
The CEO has defended keeping Trump's tweets on the site because they are inherently newsworthy, even as Twitter has updated its definition of what constitutes "dehumanization" on the platform.
Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2019
Trump regularly uses Twitter to criticize his political enemies and attack "fake news" media outlets like CNN.
The president has also accused Twitter and other social media platforms of left-wing bias.