Twitter to Begin Labeling and Throttling Tweets From Trump and Other Politicians if They Violate Platform’s Rules

Twitter is going to begin labeling and throttling tweets from politicians, government officials and candidates if they violate the rules of the platform — including tweets from President Donald Trump.

If a tweet is found to be in violation of Twitter’s rules, but in the public interest to hold the official “accountable,” the tweet will contain a disclaimer and will “feature less prominently on Twitter,” according to a new report from CNN.

“The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet,” a disclaimer will read before you can view the tweet. “However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available.”

A press release from Twitter said that this will apply to verified government officials, political candidates and people who are being considered for a government position and who are verified and have more than 100,000 followers.

“This policy change could face its most prominent test in President Trump. Trump has repeatedly tested Twitter’s community standards with his regular tirades on the platform and some of the president’s tweets have run afoul of Twitter’s rules,” CNN wrote in their report about the new feature.

CNN went on to claim that Republicans are mad about social media bias and censorship “without evidence,” completely ignoring the mountains of leaks released by Breitbart News, Project Veritas, and others.

“But putting a disclaimer on one of Trump’s tweets would almost certainly bring a firestorm of criticism down on Twitter’s head. Republicans in Washington, including Trump, often claim without real evidence that technology companies are biased against conservatives. Such a disclaimer on a Trump tweet, even if he had clearly violated Twitter’s rules, would provoke a new cycle of such complaints at a time when Washington is increasingly investigating Big Tech over concerns about antitrust and privacy,” the report continued.

A Twitter spokesperson told CNN that “this is not about perceived bias but about providing more clarity if our rules have been broken.”

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