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Yoel Roth's LinkedIn page tells us he

Leads Twitter’s global Site Integrity team, responsible for policy development.... information operations, election security, and misinformation

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On 11 May, Mr Roth and his colleague Nick Pickles (Twitter's Director, Global Public Policy Strategy & Development) published a new Twitter policy on 'misleading' information, here's the gist of it:

Updating our Approach to Misleading Information

In serving the public conversation, our goal is to make it easy to find credible information on Twitter and to limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content. Starting today, we’re introducing new labels and warning messages that will provide additional context and information on some Tweets containing disputed or misleading information

This is a dreadful, frightening move on Twitter's part.

It moves Twitter from being a "public square" or notice board, into being an editorialising, active publisher.  And an immensely powerful one.

President Trump is right to push back hard against this censorship - particularly after his opinion about the susceptibility of mail-in voting to fraud was labelled "misleading".

 

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Here are a couple of Tweets still published on Mr Roth's blue-tick, official Twitter account, clearly labelled as the outlet for the platform's chief of integrity - ie the man who gets to decide what facts/opinions are fit to be read - and what's not.

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Regardless of whether you like, use or are interested in Twitter/Facebook etc, if you have an interest in democracy, you have an interest in the way these huge and influential companies exercise their power.

Trump is right to talk about shutting them down.

 

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