Twitter executives had recently hinted that the platform could make a change soon which reduces the reach of harmful tweets from public figures. It has officially announced this change today. A new notice for tweets from public figures is rolling out today, particularly the tweets that break its community guidelines. So if a public figure were to tweet something against the guidelines, Twitter can notify users of the violation and then reduce the reach of that tweet.
Twitter says that this notice is only going to apply for tweets that are posted from accounts that belong to political figures, users that are verified, and other accounts that have over 100,000 followers.
If a tweet is flagged as violating the guidelines, a team at Twitter will then decide whether it’s a matter of “public interest.” If they so decide, a gray box will be shown before the tweet which tells users that the tweet is in violation but they can view it if they click through the box.
“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,” the company said in a post on its blog, “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.”