Twitter has just announced a much-needed change which is designed to bring more clarity on reported tweets.
Starting today, the company will clearly show when a reported tweet had a compliance action taken against it through the new notices added to the platform.
“When we determine that a Tweet violates the Twitter Rules, we require the violator to delete it before they can Tweet again. One piece of feedback we’ve heard regularly is that it’s not always clear to people when we took enforcement action or if someone deleted a Tweet on their own. ”
Now, Twitter will include a notice on both the account profile and the specific tweet when that tweet is removed for violating its rules.
The message on the notice will read, “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.”
A look at new notification UI of the deleted tweet:
The message will also include a link to Twitters’ Rules along with an article offering more information on how rules are enforced by Twitter.
“Now, once we’ve required a Tweet to be deleted, we will display a notice stating that the Tweet is unavailable because it violated the Twitter Rules along with a link to the Rules and an article that provides more detail on how we enforce our rules,” writes Twitter.
After the tweet is removed, Twitter says the message will be shown on account’s profile and on that specific tweet for “14 days.”
In addition, the company is also making it easier for users to refer back to the reported tweet when required.
“We’ve also gotten feedback that you don’t want to continue seeing Tweets you’ve reported,” Twitter said. Now, Twitter says it will hide the tweet behind a notice, but also now allows to tap the notification to view the tweet again.
Here is a look at what a reported tweet behind a notice will look like:
Twitter says the change will go into effect on both the mobile app and on Twitter.com some time in the coming weeks.
Twitter has shipped over 100 improvements and over dozen policy updates beginning early 2017.
In other related news, the company has today made available more information about the accounts and related content associated with foreign interference in political conversations since 2016.
Since that time, the company has shared to the United States Congress examples content posted on its platform by the Internet Research Agency (IRA). In addition to information, a notice to the public who have interacted with these accounts was issued.
Additionally, Twitter also revealed details of attempted influence campaign discovered as potentially located within Iran.
Today, the company has made public a larger archive of all the tweets and media connected with these two state-backed operations.
“We are making this data available with the goal of encouraging open research and investigation of these behaviors from researchers and academics around the world,” wrote Twitter.
These comprehensive datasets are comprised of “3,841” accounts that are located in Russia and are associated with IRA.
While, the other 770 accounts from Iran includes over 10 million tweets with 2 million plus images, GIFs, videos, and Periscope broadcasts. They also contain on-Twitter activity from accounts connected with these campaigns dating back to 2009, says Twitter.
For more information on what is included in the datasets and how researchers can download these datasets, head over to Elections Integrity Hub.