Rules are put in place to guide people—to ensure people behave in a way that does not lead to anarchy—sort of. They are also a part of conditions by which individuals are admitted or allowed to join a group, platform, organization, or social media. That said, one of the biggest downsides of having complex rules is misinterpretation—bogus rules are difficult to understand; and Twitter wants to make a change in that regard.
The microblogging outfit has released the simplified version of its rules to make it easier for people to understand. To this end, Twitter has gone from having 2,500 to just 600 words, with each of its rules now in 280 characters or even less.
In announcing its new rules, Twitter said “Over time, we’ve added new rules and updated existing ones, but these changes eventually made our rules confusing and difficult to understand.” It is a good thing, at least the company appreciated the fact that people were struggling to come to terms with its set of rules.
Twitter rules have now been categorized into safety, privacy and authenticity—for simplicity. In addition, more details have now been added around other policies including election integrity, platform manipulation and spam.
In summary, here is a look at what has changed according to Del Harvey Twitter’s VP Trust and Safety:
- We’ve gone from about 2,500 words to under 600. In 280 characters or less, each rule clearly describes exactly what is not allowed on Twitter.
- New categories — safety, privacy, and authenticity — mean our rules are organized thematically, so you can find the information you’re looking for more quickly.
- We’re refreshing rule pages to have more information, including examples, step-by-step instructions about how to report, and details on what happens when we take action.
In other Twitter news, the social media giant has expanded the ability to report misleading tweets also known as fake news by adding a new tool. The tool is coming ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha in India and the EU elections. That said, Twitter expects that its latest addition will be extended to other places where elections will be held in the future in order to reduce external or undue influences.
The new tool is available on mobile and desktop for all users. To report a misleading tweet in-app, simply follow these steps:
- Select report Tweet from drop down menu
- Select “it’s misleading about voting”
- Select the option that best tells us how the Tweet is misleading about voting
- Submit your report.
For desktop, the process is very much the same—and as a matter of fact, takes only a couple of minutes. The election reporting tool is currently only available to users in India and the EU.