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Twitter will block retweets of misinformation from politicians

Twitter will also begin showing users who are about to retweet misinformation a warning label.

A Twitter misinformation warning screen

Starting next week, Twitter users will have to click through a warning label to see posts by U.S. politicians that have been labeled as containing misinformation.

Image: Twitter

In a blog post Friday, Twitter announced a series of changes designed to curb the spread of misinformation on its platform — particularly when it comes from political figures.


Starting next week, the company will prevent users from retweeting, liking or replying to posts by U.S. politicians that have been labeled as containing misinformation. They'll also have to click through a warning label to see the posts. Users will be able to quote tweet the misinformation, but Twitter executives said the new restrictions will help limit its reach.

"We expect this will further reduce the visibility of misleading information, and will encourage people to reconsider if they want to amplify these Tweets," Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's product lead, and Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy and trust, wrote in the blog post. That policy will also apply to accounts that have more than 100,000 followers or "that obtain significant engagement."

In addition to that policy, next week Twitter will also begin showing users who are about to retweet misinformation a warning label, directing them to more credible information. And beginning Oct. 20 and lasting at least through the end of election week, the company will begin prompting anyone attempting to retweet anything to instead write a quote tweet, in which they add their own context. "Though this adds some extra friction for those who simply want to retweet, we hope it will encourage everyone to not only consider why they are amplifying a tweet, but also increase the likelihood that people add their own thoughts, reactions and perspectives to the conversation," the post read.

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'Woke tech' and 'the new slave power': Conservatives gather for Vegas summit

An agenda for the event, hosted by the Claremont Institute, listed speakers including U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute. The speakers include U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as a who's-who of far-right provocateurs.

Photo: David Vives/Unsplash

Conservative investors, political operatives, right-wing writers and Trump administration officials are quietly meeting in Las Vegas this weekend to discuss topics including China, "woke tech" and "the new slave power," according to four people who were invited to attend or speak at the event as well as a copy of the agenda obtained by Protocol.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank that says its mission is to "restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life." A list of speakers for the event includes a combination of past and current government officials as well as a who's who of far-right provocateurs. One speaker, conservative legal scholar John Eastman, rallied the president's supporters at a White House event before the Capitol Hill riot earlier this month. Some others have been associated with racist ideologies.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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