The policy will apply to government officials, candidates for elected office, and those who appear likely to assume a government official (ie a nominee for the U.S. cabinet awaiting confirmation) if they have more than 100,000 Twitter followers and have a verified account.
Users will have to tap through the warning to see the underlying message, but the tweet won't be removed, as Twitter might do with a regular person's posts. Any tweet from a politician or government official found to be in violation of Twitter's vague policy against "abusive" language will be targeted and then dropped behind a dialogue box which warns users of the content and then requires them to click through to view the offending tweet.
Here's how it will work: When a politician tweets something that would normally get pulled for violating Twitter's rules, the company will now mark the tweet with a label explaining why it deems the content problematic.
The new policy will go into effect immediately, but it is not retroactive, and it will not apply to other influencers and leaders, including nonpolitical leaders and celebrities.
In a blog post announcing the policy, Twitter said it was trying to balance adherence to the site's rules with the public's interest in what world leaders are tweeting.
"To fix that, we're introducing a new notice that will provide additional clarity in these situations, and sharing more on when and why we'll use it", the company added.
General atmosphere during The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library at The Showroom on June 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. These Twitter members say that if they sent out tweets with the same insults and language used by the president, they would have had their account suspended.
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That appears to have had a knock-on effect on Hezbollah, the Lebanese political party and militia group closely linked to Iran. The advisors believe that these tensions will increase the threat of a war, which raises the pressure on President Trump.
Several factors will play into when this notice will be placed on certain tweets.
Trump has more than 61 million followers on Twitter.
A spokeswoman for Twitter said that the new policy would not change the process by which the company makes such determinations.
Twitter's rules prohibit threatening violence against an individual or group of people, promoting terrorism and violent extremism, the sexual exploitation of children, abuse, harassment and hateful conduct. Twitter has a set of guidelines it will follow to determine whether or not a tweet should be "protected", which include considerations like whether removing the tweet would "hide context or prevent people from understanding an issue". Twitter denies that it shadowbans users.
Facebook has also weighed its own newsworthiness exception and, during the 2016 election, considered banning President Trump for his statements about Muslims.
Although Twitter decided the post was newsworthy, there was no indication of this on the Twitter app or website.
Now, instead, Trump will have to tangle with Twitter's censors.