Twitter reverts to old retweet operate after US election – world news

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Twitter Inc is reversing changes made to its retweet operate intended to curb the spread of misinformation all through the United States presidential election, the company said.

The microblogging site had in October made it difficult for users to retweet a tweet with misinformation and promoted the usage of quote tweets, which included statement from the user.

It had also imposed curbs including labeling and removal of tweets calling for people to interfere with the election process or implementation of results.

Twitter said it is going to no longer immediate quote tweets from the retweet icon. “Retweet functionality will be returning to the way it was once before,” the company said in a remark on Wednesday.

Quote tweets instead of retweets was once intended to encourage considerate amplification, but that has not happened in practice, the company said.

“Using Quote Tweets increased, but 45% of them included single-word affirmations and 70% had less than 25 characters,” it said.

“The increase in Quote Tweets was once also offset by an overall 20% decrease in sharing through both Retweets and Quote Tweets.”

Meantime, Facebook has up to now few days rolled back their algorithm that lifted news from authoritative outlets over hyperpartisan sources after November’s election, according to a outline in the New York Times.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Reuters request for remark.

The implementation of the algorithm had resulted in a discount in traffic for partisan sites like Breitbart and Occupy Democrats and an increase for mainstream news publishers, the outline said.

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