Not only do those in Twitter want to preach transparency, they truly want to practice it. The microblogging company said it will start notifying users when their content gets blocked and reasons for such action.
The company will start displaying messages to inform you when it blocks your tweets—this of course, would be to comply with local laws or court orders. It’s an update on what it calls Country Withheld Content (CWC). The new interstitials according to Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s Global Legal Policy Director, will give Twitter users information as soon as they try to access tweets or accounts that have been blocked.
“As our use of CWC has evolved over time, we are updating our in-product messaging when we withhold content to clarify why content was withheld and where. Users will now see one of the following two interstitials displayed on withheld content,” Kessel said.
In response to a valid legal request to remove a particular content or tweet, users will now see a message like:
“This tweet from @username has been withheld <country> in response to a legal demand.”
While a message like the one below would simply mean that a tweet is being withheld in response to local law(s):
“This tweet from @username has been withheld <country> based on local law(s).”
There are other reasons a message or tweet or content could be withheld by Twitter. You can find out more about these other reasons when you visit the CWS page where other info has been made available.
Earlier in the week, Monday precisely, Twitter suspended the accounts of the leader and deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group. Both accounts were unavailable on Monday morning almost as soon as a new Twitter rule came into effect. Also unavailable was the group’s main account, which probably fell under the hammer of the microblogging company’s new rules.
The suspension is Twitter’s latest attempt at combatting abuse and on its platform. The issue of constant harassment on Twitter has been on for a while, and has led to the introduction of several rules in the past just to curb the menace.
Back in September, Twitter announced that it had so far suspended 300,000 accounts suspected of having links to terrorism. This is not the company’s first effort at making its platform free from trolls as the microblogging website intensified effort to purge its service, and make it a safe place for all.
Twitter is believed to be under intense pressure from governments and activists around the world who want the microblogging company to do more in terms of purging its platform. Twitter, according Bloomberg, is improving its automation tools to help block accounts that promote extremism and violence.
According to Twitter, close to 300,000 accounts were suspended across the world in the first half of 2017. Of the total number of accounts suspended, 95 percent were identified by Twitter’s automation tools. The company through its transparency page said government data request continued to be on the rise. Twitter said it provided authorities with data on around 3,900 accounts between January and June 2017.