Twitter to enhance censorship over Ukraine — Analysis

Posts about Ukraine conflict will be labeled or removed if “experts” designate them as “misinformation”

Twitter has updated its website “crisis misinformation policy”On Thursday, the US government announced that it would put a warning sticker on any posts about Ukraine’s conflict. It will restrict their ability to see, be shared, or liked. The announcement comes just a day after the resignation of US government’s “disinformation czar” Nina Jankowicz, who had advocated for the ability to edit other people’s tweets.

The policy will be applied globally And guide Twitter’s efforts to “elevate credible, authoritative information,” and “help to ensure viral misinformation isn’t amplified or recommended by us during crises,” said Yoel Roth, the company’s head of Safety and Integrity.

As soon as evidence is available that there has been a posting “may be misleading,” Twitter will label it with a notice and won’t amplify or recommend it in the Home timeline, Search, and Explore tabs. Notifications of warning will be prioritised. “high profile accounts”These include those listed “state-affiliated media,”Verified users and government accounts

It is illegal to declare misinformation. “verification from multiple credible, publicly available sources, including evidence from conflict monitoring groups, humanitarian organizations, open-source investigators, journalists, and more,”Roth was also included.

As examples, Roth cited “false coverage or event reporting, or information that mischaracterizes conditions on the ground as a conflict evolves,”False claims regarding “use of force, incursions on territorial sovereignty, or around the use of weapons,”As well “demonstrably false or misleading allegations of war crimes or mass atrocities against specific populations”Falsehoods and information about “international community response, sanctions, defensive actions, or humanitarian operations.”

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However, “strong commentary, efforts to debunk or fact check, and personal anecdotes or first person accounts”Exemptions will apply. 

The company’s Help Center pageThe policy clarifies the meanings of Twitter’s policies, stating that it will not tolerate posts that violate its terms. “the capacity” To “serve as a pretext for further aggression”Or “lead to increased humanitarian needs,”Stop ceasefire negotiations “incite the targeting or surveillance”Humanitarian law protects groups that have been formed based upon their religious, political, ethnic, or ideological affiliations or memberships.

A post must state an assertion or fact to be considered labeled “expressed in definitive terms,”Please be “demonstrably false or misleading, based on widely available, authoritative sources” “be likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm,”Twitter.

This policy focuses on “international armed conflict”Roth stated that Twitter intends to expand its coverage to all crises as determined by the UN.

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Twitter locked its account at the New York Post in October 2020 after a news story on Hunter Biden’s laptop was published. Joe Biden ran for President as a Democrat. First, the platform cited it. “hacked materials”Policy, and then promoted the idea that the story was “Russian disinformation,”Both of these were false.

While nominally impartial, Twitter has not fact-checked or challenged any claims coming from the government in Kiev – including proven falsehoods such as the “Ghost of Kiev”The story of aerial ace “Snake Island 13.”Within days after the Ukrainian hostilities escalated, however the platform had blocked Russian advertisements and continues to do so. boasted about reducing content labeled “Russian state-affiliated” media by 30%, while cutting in half the impressions and engagement by Russian government accounts. 

Twitter’s new policy comes amid uncertainty over billionaire Elon Musk’s bid to buy the company and take it private. While Twitter accepted Musk’s $44 billion offer, he is now challenging their public filings citing the number of bots and fake accounts. SpaceX founder, Tesla, has already sent technology via satellite to the Ukrainian military. He has also voiced his disapproval at Twitter’s censorship of Twitter and declared that he would ensure freedom to speak on the platform.



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