Twitter ‘inadvertently’ limited engagements on Donald Trump’s flagged tweets
Twitter said Saturday that it had “inadvertently” limited commitments for a brief period on US President Donald Trump’s tweets with labels “in dispute”, but later reversed its action.
Some users of the social media platform had noticed earlier on Saturday that the ability to like, retweet, or reply to Of Trump tweets with a “disputed” tag were not working.
“We inadvertently took steps to limit interactions on the tagged Tweet you referenced. This action has been reverted,” a Twitter the spokesman told Reuters in an emailed statement.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
The development was previously reported by The Verge and The Hill.
Twitter has recently added multiple warnings and tags to tweets on the US President’s @realDonaldTrump account, including many who have made unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the US elections.
Trump also made such tweets on Saturday, including one in which he falsely claimed that he won the election “overwhelmingly” on “legal votes.” Twitter marked them with a tag that read: “This claim about voter fraud is in dispute.”
The social media platform first hid one of its tweets behind a “public interest” tag in May, when the president violated company policy against glorification of violence.
Trump will be subject to the same Twitter rules as any other user when he is president-elect Joe biden He will take office on January 20, the social media company said last month.
Twitter places “public interest” notices on some tweets that violate “world leaders” rules that would otherwise be removed.
Instead, these tweets by political candidates and elected or government officials are masked by a warning and Twitter takes steps to restrict their reach. This treatment does not apply to former office holders.