Trending Tweets Are Not Just Fun And Games

Twitter has made transparency a weapon for both public shaming and in defense to foreign campaigns.

In the first news, Twitter is releasing the tweets/content by foreign entities including Russia and Iran created to interfere with American politics and information as a promise to US government. 4,611 accounts from foreign bad actors published over 10 million tweets to manipulate American discourse since 2009 .These are non promoted tweets, from the IRA comprise 296 GB, while the Iran media is 65.7 GB. Whereas, in may, congress published  similar data amount of promoted Facebook ads created by Russians to sow discord.

These tweets look similar to memes or can be perceived as a joke but in August, Facebook and Twitter announced that majority of the accounts and content comes from Russia’s Internet Research Agency but about one sixth comes from state-backed efforts by Iran.

The foreign entities are accused of spreading memes supporting Trump and debasing Hillary Clinton. Tweets expressing outrage against police violence in black communities. These foreign actors target both general hate and vitriol, as well as legitimate issues affecting the American public.

“The archives contain 10 million Tweets and more than 2 million images, GIFs, videos, and Periscope broadcasts, including the earliest on-Twitter activity from accounts connected with these campaigns, dating back to 2009.”

In another news, Twitter also made it transparent whether a tweet was deleted by user or twitter took action against it. If the tweet is deleted by twitter the following notification will appear for 14 days and also include a link to those rules and an article that provides details on how Twitter enforces its rules. So anyone who visits your Twitter profile might see that you posted a message that someone else successfully reported. Twitter already requires that users delete the tweet that has violated Twitter’s terms of service before they can tweet again.

source: techcrunch

And a reporter or user will see a message saying “You reported this tweet” in place of the original.

“Twitter has taken several steps in recent months to improve “conversational health” on the platform, including prohibiting “dehumanizing language,” and de-listing content from accounts that exhibit trolling behavior, as identified by Twitter algorithms. That initiative was successful in reducing spam and vitriol, though it did prompt some misinformed outrage from the very people exhibiting the trolling behavior.” – reported Mashable

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