Sunday, March 21, 2021

Twitter Considering Special Rules For Politicians; Has A Public Survey Underway

The banning of Donald Trump from Twitter made it evident that its general rules don’t quite apply to politicians in the same way. The social media company says it has been reviewing its policies for politicians. And now, the company is reaching out to the general public for opinions.

In its blog post, Twitter says it wants to hear from its users “whether or not they believe world leaders should be subject to the same rules as others”. Also part of its public survey is if politician rule violators should face the same punishment.

Of course, Twitter will be consulting more than just the general public. The company says that it is currently “consulting human rights experts, civil society organisations and academics”.

But back to the public survey, it looks like Twitter will be taking input from the public for just short of a month. The company says it will be taking responses starting today, 19 March, all the way until 12 April. The questionnaire will be available in 14 languages, which are Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu.

Ultimately, it’s not something that will impact most users directly. Though it may be something you want to take part in if you want to have a say as to what happens to (mostly) US politicians when they tweet.

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