Twitter Brings Back Old Retweet Function Following US Presidential Election

Twitter is reversing modifications made to its retweet perform meant to curb the unfold of misinformation through the US presidential election, the corporate mentioned.

The microblogging website had in October made it tough for customers to retweet a tweet with misinformation and promoted using quote tweets, which included commentary from the person.

It had additionally imposed curbs together with labeling and elimination of tweets calling for individuals to intervene with the election course of or implementation of outcomes.

Twitter mentioned it would now not immediate quote tweets from the retweet icon. “Retweet performance might be returning to the way in which it was earlier than,” the corporate mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

Quote tweets as a substitute of retweets was meant to encourage considerate amplification, however that has not occurred in observe, the corporate mentioned.

“The usage of Quote Tweets elevated, however 45 % of them included single-word affirmations and 70 % had lower than 25 characters,” it mentioned.

“The rise in Quote Tweets was additionally offset by an total 20 % lower in sharing by means of each Retweets and Quote Tweets.”

In the meantime, Fb has up to now few days rolled again their algorithm that lifted information from authoritative shops over hyperpartisan sources after November’s election, in line with a report within the New York Instances.

Fb didn’t instantly reply to Reuters request for remark.

The implementation of the algorithm had resulted in a discount in site visitors for partisan websites like Breitbart and Occupy Democrats and a rise for mainstream information publishers, the report mentioned.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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