Twitter reverts to old retweet function after US election

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Twitter is reversing changes made to its retweet function meant to suppress the spread of misinformation during the US presidential election,” the company said.

The microblogging website had in October made it hard for users to re create a conversation with misinformation and promoted using quotation tweets, which included commentary from an individual user.

It’d also imposed curbs such as tagging and elimination of tweets calling for people to interfere with the election process or execution of outcomes.

Twitter said it will no longer prompt quote tweets from the retweet icon. “Retweet functionality will be returning to the way it was before,” the firm said in a statement on Wednesday.

Quote tweets instead of retweets was intended to promote thoughtful amplification, but that hasn’t happened in practice, the company said.

“The increase in Quote Tweets was also offset by an overall 20% decrease in sharing through both Retweets and Quote Tweets.”

Meanwhile, Facebook has in the last few days wrapped back their algorithm which lifted information from outlets that were authoritative over hyper partisan sources after November’s election, according to a report from the New York Times.

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Facebook didn’t immediately respond to Reuters petition for comment.

The execution of the algorithm had led to a decrease in visitors for partisan websites like Breitbart and Occupy Democrats and a rise for mainstream news publishers,” the report said.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Twitter reverts to old retweet function after US election‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kartik Mehindru and Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru. Editing by Arun Koyyur.

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