Twitter has launched new policy changes, effectively enforcing censorship against non-favorable information. This is done in order to curtail the spread of what they say is disinformation during the election, and the restrictions are supposedly temporary.
Many users have noticed today that they are unable to use the basic retweet feature. As explained by Twitter, this is part of the new strategy to encourage users to provide context for what they are retweeting. Their policy states:
First, we will encourage people to add their own commentary prior to amplifying content by prompting them to Quote Tweet instead of Retweet. People who go to Retweet will be brought to the Quote Tweet composer where they’ll be encouraged to comment before sending their Tweet.
If you choose to tweet without adding a quote, it is supposed to send out the retweet as normal.
Additionally, Twitter and Facebook alike have been adding fact checking labels to posts and tweets. Twitter has taken it one step further to require users to click through warning prompts in order to access tweets they deem to be misleading. Twitter has also announced that these will be de-amplified with restricted functionality:
People must tap through a warning to see these Tweets, and then will only be able to Quote Tweet; likes, Retweets and replies will be turned off, and these Tweets won’t be algorithmically recommended by Twitter. We expect this will further reduce the visibility of misleading information, and will encourage people to reconsider if they want to amplify these Tweets.
All of this has been in the wake of strong criticism from Twitter as they have censored the New York Post article breaking information on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Twitter has also applied these labels that will affect tweets to President Trump.
Rather than backtracking from imposing censorship against the President of the United States, Twitter specifically lists all candidates for all political offices as being specifically targeted by the new policy:
People on Twitter, including candidates for office, may not claim an election win before it is authoritatively called. To determine the results of an election in the US, we require either an announcement from state election officials, or a public projection from at least two authoritative, national news outlets that make independent election calls. Tweets which include premature claims will be labeled and direct people to our official US election page.
Tweets meant to incite interference with the election process or with the implementation of election results, such as through violent action, will be subject to removal. This covers all Congressional races and the Presidential Election.
Calling this an effort to combat interference with the election is a farce, as Twitter is acting as a defacto information czar.