Quelle surprise: Twitter says it ‘inadvertently’ limited engagements on Trump’s tweets

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Twitter Inc said on Saturday it had “inadvertently” limited engagements for a brief period on US President Donald Trump’s tweets with “disputed” tags but later reversed its actions.

Some users on the social networking platform had detected earlier on Saturday that the ability to enjoy, re-tweet or response to Trump’s tweets using a “disputed” label wasn’t working.

This action has been reversed”, a Twitter spokesman told Reuters in an emailed statement.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

The evolution was previously reported by the respected tech news publication The Verge and political property The Hill.

Twitter has recently added multiple warnings and labels to tweets from the @realDonaldTrump accounts of the US president, including many who have made unfounded allegations of voting fraud from the US elections.

Trump also made such tweets on Saturday, including one in which he falsely claimed he won the election in a “landslide” in “legal votes”. Twitter flagged them using a label stating, “This claim about election fraud is disputed”.

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The social media platform first hid among his tweets supporting a “public interest” tag in May as soon as the president violated the organization’s policy against glorifying violence.

Trump is going to be subject to the same Twitter rules as any other user when President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January the 20th, the social media company said .

Twitter places “public interest” notices on some rule-breaking tweets from “world leaders” that would otherwise be removed.

Such tweets from political candidates and elected or government officials are rather hidden by a warning and Twitter takes actions to restrict their reach. This treatment does not apply to former office holders.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru. Editing by Diane Craft.

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