Twitter Boasts of Slowing the Spread of All Information on Its Platform

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Twitter Boasts of Slowing the Spread of All Information on Its Platform

Social media website Twitter recently congratulated itself for curbing the spread of misinformation on its platform — by slowing the spread of all information on its platform. Based on Twitter’s changes to its platform, total retweets, one of the primary way ideas spread quickly between users, are down 20 percent.
Bloomberg reports that social media giant Twitter recently announced that it had successfully curbed the spread of misinformation on its platform during the presidential election. It accomplished this task by curbing the spread of all information on the platform.


Twitter stated this week that it put labels on 300,000 user posts from October 27th to November 11th for violating rules related to election misinformation. Twitter also implemented a retweet feature that required users to add their own comments before retweeting a post on the platform.
Twitter stated that quote tweets, which aimed to encourage users to add more context to posts, were up by 26 percent as a result of the prompt, and regular retweets were down by 23 percent. Quote tweets and retweets combined were down by 20 percent in total.
Twitter proudly stated: “This change slowed the spread of misleading information by virtue of an overall reduction in the amount of sharing on the service.”
Between election day and Friday of this week, Twitter labeled around 34 percent of President Trump’s tweets and retweets as “disputed.” Breitbart News has reported extensively on this, noting recently that 25 of President Trump’s posts across Twitter and Facebook were labeled or disputed within 24 hours.
Twitter’s head of legal and policy, Vijaya Gadde, wrote in a blog post: “These enforcement actions remain part of our continued strategy to add context and limit the spread of misleading information about election processes around the world on Twitter.”
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Mark Zuckerberg to Facebook Workers: ‘Joe Biden Is Going to Be Our Next President’

During a recent staff meeting, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told his employees that Joe Biden “is going to be our next president.”

BuzzFeed News reports that during a recent meeting with Facebook employees, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated: “I believe the outcome of the election is now clear and Joe Biden is going to be our next president.” He added: “It’s important that people have confidence that the election was fundamentally fair, and that goes for the tens of millions of people that voted for Trump.”



The comments from Zuckerberg came during an all-hands call with employees where he was asked how he planned to work with the new administration despite concerns that Biden and his staff “dislike you and Facebook.” Zuckerberg downplayed the Biden team’s dislike of the company stating that they “worry about the same issues,” including Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects platforms from liability for what users post on them. “We will find ways to hopefully work together,” Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg commented on the many Facebook users that are skeptical of current election results, stating: “Part of what we’re seeing out there are people who are calling for recounts and legal challenges, which, in a lot of cases, is their right and something you see in a lot of elections. But I think it’s also quite unhelpful that people out there are raising expectations that there is going to be a different outcome than from what was projected.”

Zuckerberg also criticized President Trump for his recent skepticism of election results stating: “I think it, of course, is a challenge when the president of the United States is sharing some of these things directly.”

Breitbart News recently reported that in just 24 hours, President Trump saw his posts labeled or censored 20 times on Facebook and five times on Twitter, nearly all of the labels questioned the President’s comments relating to the U.S. Presidential election and many stated that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the presidency.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com
 



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