Twitter will now hide tweets from public figures that are deemed harmful

Written 11 months ago by IanDorfman

In a much-debated decision, Twitter will now hide and label tweets from qualifying public officials that violate the network's terms of service.

In a post explaining the decision, Twitter's safety team listed out who will be impacted by this new policy, what it will look like, and how the social network will determine when it is necessary to implement it. The account requirements for tweets that violate Twitter's terms to remain are all of the following

• Be or represent a government official, be running for public office, or be considered for a government position (i.e., next in line, awaiting confirmation, named successor to an appointed position)
• Have more than 100,000 followers
• Be verified

If an account doesn't meet all three of these requirements, tweets will be completely removed and action taken on infringing accounts based on standard terms of service.

Tweets that are flagged with this notice will not show up in the following places whatsoever on Twitter:

• Safe search
• Timeline when switched to Top Tweets
• Live events pages
• Recommended Tweet push notifications
• Notifications tab
• Explore

These notices and new conditions will not be retroactively applied, and are only for tweets from accounts meeting all three of the above criteria starting today and moving forward.

Further coverage:
Twitter Blog
The Verge