Why is it so important to Twitter that conservatives should not be allowed to talk and share information?
That’s the question that needs to be asked about the service that began putting “disputed” tags on any claim that Joe Biden had not won the presidential election outright.
Twitter is doubling down on its censorship after the election, trying new ways to stop tweets that don’t favor Democrats from going viral, says the New York Post. Twitter said on Nov. 24 that users who attempt merely to hit the “like” button on a pro-President Trump tweet will be redirected to a message that the contents of the tweet are disputed.
But the user can then go on to “like” the tweet anyway.
The expanded restrictions come after Twitter reported that its previous decision to hamper the retweet process led to a 29 percent decrease in the spread of information it didn’t want people spreading.
The change will be applied to a tweet labeled as “misleading under [Twitter’s] election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules.”
Currently, users who attempted to retweet a tweet that has been flagged with a misinformation label by Twitter receive a full-screen alert telling them that it contains information “disputed” by someone at Twitter, as well as a link to what you should believe.
In the lead-up to the election, Twitter limited the spread of viral tweets by temporarily suspending features meant to generate more engagement on the platform, including preventing “liked by” and “followed by” recommendations from popping up on users’ feeds.