Twitter has been struggling lately to keep the likes of abusive accounts and hate-posters at bay, but its certainly not a platform where you’d only see bad content. And to highlight that, the platform now has a new account, named “Twitter Retweets” which aims at scrounging the platform and retweeting the best tweets.
The account’s description currently reads “Your best Tweets. Retweeted,” so you get the drift. Spotted first by folks over at The Verge, the new account isn’t only retweeting tweets that have five-figure retweets. Otherwise, it would simply become an account that compiles “Tweetdeck” tweets. While it sounds like a good idea to highlight the best tweets on the platform at one single location, it also brings in a lot of responsibility to ensure that original posters are given credit.
Twitter is notorious for accounts copying tweets and things only get worse when the copied tweet receives better engagement on the platform rather than the original poster. The Twitter Retweets account needs to ensure that it doesn’t credit copied tweets because let’s be real, any tweet retweeted by the official account does indicate a form of recognition by Twitter.
While Twitter what its moderators deem as the “best” tweets on the platform, it has to do a lot to ensure the safety of individuals from abusive accounts. The micro-blogging site has been riddled with harassment, misinformation, and abusive trolls, where the platform isn’t doing enough to curb these activities.
In fact, as pointed out by Chaim Gartenberg in his report for The Verge, “Twitter Retweets” and what it sets out to do, doesn’t fix any of Twitter’s problems, but it does give the company a place to highlight the best of Twitter, instead of putting all the focus on the bad.
Source: Mashable India