After years of criticism over allowing tweets from Donald Trump and other politicians that clearly violate Twitter’s rules, the company has announced a new policy in which they will put rule-breaking tweets behind a warning notice. The notice will alert Twitter users that the tweet does in fact break the rules, but it’s been allowed to remain because it’s in “the public’s interest” for it to stay up.

A Twitter spokesperson claimed that the new policy was not inspired by any specific world leader, but we all know that’s about as honest as anything Trump has to say about Muslim people.

The new policy will only apply to “government officials or candidates for public office” who have over 100,000 followers and will not be applied retroactively. It’s good to know exactly how important and popular you have to be in order to be exempt from the rules everyone else has to follow.

“By nature of their positions these leaders have outsized influence and sometimes say things that could be considered controversial or invite debate and discussion,” reads the Twitter blog post on the policy. “A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable.”

Thanks so much, Twitter, for allowing us to cover our faces and groan audibly in the middle of the office when Trump tweets that he’s going to obliterate entire nations.

Tweets flagged with this warning will not be boosted by Twitter’s algorithm and will not show up on safe search, live events pages, recommended tweet notifications, the notifications tab, the “explore” page, or on your Twitter feed if you have “Top Tweets” selected. The company predicts that most people will not see this warning often, but we’ll see how often it shows up on Trump’s tweets.

Twitter users are not too satisfied with this new policy and are already predicting issues that could crop up.

And they’re not wrong about conservatives declaring this an assault on conservatism.

Others have suggestions for how the policy could be improved.

Countdown to the hour Twitter reverses this policy because Trump complained about it.

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*First Published: June 27, 2019, 11:59 am