The company said Twitter was manipulating changes in the retweet function to curb the spread of false information during the US presidential election.
The microblogging site is out in October Made it harder Users are encouraged to retweet tweets with false information and the use of quote tweets, including comment from the user.
It also imposed restrictions such as labeling and deleting tweets calling for people to be involved in the election process or the implementation of the results.
Twitter That said it will no longer prompt quote tweets from the retweet icon. “The retweet activity will return as it was before,” the company said in a statement Wednesday.
After learning from this product experience, we are sharing an update: Today the retweet activity returns as before.
Here is what we saw when we prompted quote tweets (1/4): https://t.co/MzoDKy3d69
– Twitter Support (w Twitter Support) December 16, 2020
The company said the quote tweets instead of retweets were intended to promote thoughtful expansion, but that did not happen in practice.
“The use of quote tweets has increased, but 45 percent of them have single-word verifications and 70 percent have less than 25 characters,” it said.
“The increase in quote tweets was also offset by a 20 per cent drop in overall share via retweets and quote tweets.”
On the other hand, Facebook According to a report in the New York Times, over the past few days, hyperpartisan has withdrawn its algorithm that lifted news from official organizations on resources.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The implementation of the algorithm has resulted in reduced traffic to partisan sites such as Breitbart and Occupied Democrats, as well as an increase in the number of mainstream news publishers, the report said.
© Thomson Reuters 2020
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