Why Doesn’t Twitter Do This All the Time?

Starting October 20, the Twitterz will be different for the duration of the election (boldface mine):

The changes will temporarily alter the look and feel of Twitter. The company will essentially give users a timeout, for example, before they can hit the button to retweet a post from another account. And if users try to share content that Twitter has flagged as false, a notice will warn them that they are about to share inaccurate information.

Twitter also said it would add a label to claims about who won the election until it has been called by authoritative sources.

Twitter stopped short of shutting down its Trending Topics feature, a change that many critics say would do the most to fight misinformation because people can game the feature to promote false or misleading information. Instead, Twitter will expand its effort to fact-check and provide context to items that trend in the United States.

According to Twitter, they will prevent “liked by” and “followed by” recommendations from people you don’t follow from showing up in your timeline, rather than having the algorithm shove tweets into your timeline. Admittedly, that’s already possible to do–and I currently do that for my sanity–but it’s a good move, and one they should make permanent.

I realize they think they’ll get less traffic with these changes, but my guess is that the traffic will shift to other topics, and they won’t lose that many users. It will be interesting, if they ever tell us, what happens to Twitter’s traffic and use patterns.

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1 Response to Why Doesn’t Twitter Do This All the Time?

  1. kaleberg says:

    How about a reputation system so one can tell how much garbage someone has retweeted or liked and so on?

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