Twitter has revealed that it will notify users when their tweets have been limited in reach for violating the platform’s hate speech policies.
According to an announcement on Monday (April 4), the social media giant’s Twitter Safety account clarified that any reduction in reach would only apply to the offending tweet and not to the account as a whole.
Twitter will label tweets flagged for potentially violating its hateful conduct regulations to provide more transparency around its enforcement actions.
In light of Elon Musk’s leadership, the social network is championing the idea that users should be able to express their opinions and ideas without fear of censorship. However, the freedom to express oneself does not necessarily ensure that every user will be heard, and as Musk has noted, this means “freedom of expression, not freedom of reach.”
“This belief is the basis of freedom of expression, not freedom of reach: our enforcement philosophy involves restricting the reach of tweets that violate our policies, making the content less discoverable, where appropriate,” the platform explained in an official blog post.
Disputes are allowed
Twitter has announced that it will allow users to challenge content moderation if they believe the restrictions have been applied improperly. While enforcing its policies, the social media platform has acknowledged that content moderation can sometimes go wrong. “Authors will be able to provide feedback on the label if they feel we have incorrectly limited content visibility,” the company said.
Additionally, Twitter plans to allow users to appeal decisions to limit the reach of a post in the future. The platform will display content restriction labels “soon,” but the exact implementation date has not been announced yet.