tech2 News StaffSep 04, 2018 16:34:31 IST
Twitter is changing the way it will notify users for violating company policy.
A report by The Wall Street Journal reveals that Twitter is planning on using a picture of a tombstone to flag posts or users who violate company policy. Along with a warning the tombstone picture will also let the user know that their post has been pulled down. As of now, Twitter does the same via a tweet.
This plan for change comes a month after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared a post on the microblogging platform saying that the company has been working on "explaining our decisions in the past" and fixing what kind of content is allowed on the website.
Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past. We’re fixing that. We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories.
— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018
Context? Well, this was the time when the whole tech world had collectively banned InfoWars and its founder Alex Jones, who was said to have propagated hate speech and known for spreading unsubstantiated allegations about tragic events, including 9/11. Twitter had refused to ban Jones saying he hadn't violated any of the company policies. Later, the platform deactivated his account for seven days saying some content policy may have been violated.
And now the WSJ report also reveals that Dorsey personally weighed in on the high-profile accounts like that of Alex Jones and Richard Spencer. Dorsey reportedly wanted to “keep far-right platforms on the website” and overruled a decision last month taken by the company staff to shut down Jones’s account.