Twitter To Warn Users When They ‘Like’ Controversial Tweets

Posted on Wed 11/25/2020 by

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By Alexander Hall ~

Don’t touch that like button! Twitter has unveiled a new policy to display warnings when users like a labelled tweet.

Twitter has outlined a wide range of updates to undermine conservative opposition amid the recent 2020 presidential election. “Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital,” Twitter declared on Monday as it unveiled yet another policy change. The official Twitter account explained that new “prompts” in recent months “helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29%.” Now the platform is “expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet.”

Readers can see a clear political angle in Twitter’s example of a controversial tweet featuring the statement: “Mail in votes will be harder to count and track, leading to unreliable results” as an example of a controversial “disputed” claim in a screenshot. The tweet example was labeled,  “This is disputed,” and “Help keep Twitter a place for reliable info. Find out more before sharing.”

Big Tech has politicized the use of warning labels and “likes” interference multiple times in this Fall’s election cycle.

Twitter originally censored President Donald Trump’s October 26 tweet regarding “Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots.” Twitter responded by claiming the tweet spread information about the election that “is disputed and might be misleading.” For the first time with Trump’s tweets, Twitter made sure users could not share or like the tweet.

The same platform also censored a November 4 tweet by Trump asking: “WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?”  This was regarding a post by The Daily Wire columnist Matt Walsh, where Walsh expressed skepticism over 128k recently discovered Michigan ballots all for Biden. Walsh also suggested that “This is reason enough to go to court. No honest person can look at this and say it’s normal and unconcerning.”

Twitter labelled this post and claimed: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process. Learn more.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter: (415) 222-9670, Facebook, Twitter or mail to 1355 Market Street Suite 900 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Alexander Hall contributes posts at the NewsBusters site, and he is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch.

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