Twitter cracks down to free speech prior to the election

Following in the footsteps of Facebook, which last month announced plans to launch its long-promised "oversight board" before Nov. 3, Twitter has announced that it's planning a raft of measures, including making it more difficult for tweets to go viral ahead of the vote, to ensure that social media doesn't contribute to any election day violence.

According to a blog post published around noon on Friday, one of the 'speed bumps' being implemented by twitter will prompt users to add a "comment" when they go to share - or retweet - a tweet. The move is designed to slow the rapid-fire retweeting of others" - a behavior that President Trump, one of the world's most famous Twitter users, has occasionally exhibited.

Twitter's recommendations and trends features will see "new curbs" added to try and prevent abuse.

"Twitter has a critical role to play in protecting the integrity of the election conversation, and we encourage candidates, campaigns, news outlets and voters to use Twitter respectfully and to recognize our collective responsibility to the electorate to guarantee a safe, fair and legitimate democratic process this November," company officials said in a blog post - written by Vijaya Gadde, the Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead at Twitter, and Kayvon Beykpour, its product lead - published at noon Friday.

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