Well Well Well look what we have here. More Big Tech censorship you say? Of course it is. Twitter is now changing how you retweet temporarily just in time for the November elections.
The following is from our friends at The Verge.
Twitter is temporarily changing how you retweet ahead of the November 3rd US presidential election, to help prevent abuse and the spread of misinformation. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to retweet. But until at least the end of election week, it won’t be quite as easy as usual to retweet something to all of your followers.
Starting today, when you click or tap the retweet icon, Twitter will pull up the Quote Tweet composer to encourage you to write something about that tweet before you share it. You don’t have to write anything if you don’t want — just leave the composer blank and hit the retweet button to retweet like you normally would. But Twitter is hoping that by introducing some friction into the process, people might better consider exactly what they’re retweeting or take the opportunity to add their own perspective.
So what does this mean? It means that you reach less people that usual America when you quote tweet. Is this on purpose, you bet your ass it is. I’ve been trying to explain to folks I work with on a regular basis to stop quote tweeting, and start retweeting to get more reach and to help the President win this election.
Twitter is taking a blatant shot at the President and his followers by doing this.
But wait, there’s more.
More from The Verge on other things Twitter’s doing right before the elections.
The changes to retweets aren’t the only differences you might see to your Twitter experience today. Twitter also won’t show “liked by” or “followed by” recommendations from people you don’t follow, and the trends box will only show trends with included additional context. Like the changes to retweets, these tweaks will be in place from today until at least the end of election week in the US, according to Twitter. All of these changes were first announced on October 9th.
Folks, this is absolute election meddling yet again by Twitter, it’s absolutely unbelievable that the FEC and FCC haven’t stepped in and done something about this nonsense.
What are your thoughts?