Twitter begins labeling restricted-scope tweets

It should now be easier to tell if you have a possible violation of the company’s hateful conduct policy. Twitter has a label for tweets that it believes break those rules, as it recently promised to do.

When Twitter detects a tweet that may violate the policy, it will limit the reach of the post and apply a label that says “Limited visibility: This tweet may violate Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct.” The company plans to expand the tags to include more types of policy violations in the coming months.

Twitter You can limit the visibility of tweets that break the rules by excluding them from search results, as well as from the To You and Following timelines. Such tweets may be ranked lower in replies and may not be able to be replied to, retweeted, favorited, or pinned to profiles.

Twitter noted that it can mislabel a tweet as one that violates its rules, so the authors of such tweets can effectively appeal the decision by providing feedback. However, the company said it may not acknowledge the comments or restore the typical reach of the tweet.

The company is taking a looser approach to moderation under current owner Elon Musk, as he has embraced a “Free Speech, Not Free Scope” philosophy. For example, it’s this month’s hateful conduct policy to lift the ban on misnaming transgender people.

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