Twitter will allow freedom of speech but not “freedom of reach,” as it will limit the visibility of tweets that violate its policies, according to a policy update. Twitter will initially apply the visibility filter to tweets found to violate hateful conduct rules before expanding it to other domains.
According to the social media company, Twitter users have the right to freely express their opinions and ideas without fear of censorship.
“We also believe it is our responsibility to protect our platform’s users from content that violates our rules.” These beliefs are the foundation of free speech, not free reach — our enforcement philosophy, which means, where appropriate, limiting the reach of tweets that violate our policies by making the content less discoverable,” the firm said.
The sample screenshot provided an example of tweet visibility restriction that may violate Twitter’s rule against hateful behavior.
“One of our existing enforcement actions that allows us to move beyond the binary ‘leave up versus take down’ approach to content moderation is limiting the reach of tweets, also known as visibility filtering.” However, like other social platforms, we have not always been transparent about our actions,” it said.
The social media company stated that it will not place ads next to content labeled under the new rule.
“Beginning soon,” the microblogging platform said, “we will add publicly visible labels to tweets identified as potentially violating our policies, letting you know we’ve limited their visibility.”
According to Twitter, authors will be able to provide feedback on the label if they believe “we incorrectly limited their tweet’s visibility.”
“At the moment, submitting feedback does not guarantee a response or that your tweet’s reach will be restored.” “We are working on making it possible for authors to appeal our decision,” it said.