Twitter to Start Flagging Offensive Tweets from Public Figures

Twitter to Start Flagging Offensive Tweets from Public Figures

Twitter’s problems with hate speech aren’t something new as officials of the platform recently hinted that the company will introduce change to the platform to hide offensive contents from public figures. And today, Twitter announced that the feature is now live.

If you have used Twitter, then you might already know that the network flags contents that contain nudity or offensive materials. The latest change implements similar flagging methods to contents from public figures. According to the company, if someone’s tweet violates the Twitter’s guidelines, the network will notify other users about the tweet thus potentially limiting the post’s reach.

However, Twitter stated that the latest change applies to political figures with more than 100,000 followers on the platform. According to the company, if a tweet is flagged, a dedicated team will determine if the tweet addresses something related to public interest. If the team determines that the tweet is offensive, Twitter will show the familiar grey box to notify users about potential hate speech.

While we will have to wait to find out if Twitter’s latest attempt at controlling hate speech becomes successful, the company hopes to eliminate or reduce contents that violate the company’s content guidelines. The company wrote, “In the past, we’ve allowed certain Tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public’s interest, but it wasn’t clear when and how we made those determinations. Serving the public conversation includes providing the ability for anyone to talk about what matters to them; this can be especially important when engaging with government officials and political figures.”

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