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Twitter releases a blogpost on Ayodhya verdict, cautions users against sharing untrustworthy info as emotions run high

​It asked users to follow trusted sources to get reliable updates and information as it happens, in real time, and suggested a list of suggested sources. It added that if a user is not sure about something, they should not share it. Twitter said i...

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Nov 09, 2019, 07.21 PM IST
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“Sharing low quality or untrustworthy information only serves to spread this content further, and gives it more visibility to more people,” Twitter said.
Mumbai: In a post titled ‘Using Twitter during the Ayodhya verdict, the social networking site on Saturday asked its users to follow trusted sources to get reliable updates and information, and cautioned them against sharing low-quality and untrustworthy information.

On Saturday, the Supreme Court on India ruled that the Hindus would get the entire disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya. This is the land on which the now-demolished Babri Masjid once stood.

“Today is a very important day for India and the people we serve across the country. At Twitter, we represent all perspectives and the strength of the public conversation. We know emotions will run extraordinarily high, and many people will turn to Twitter to share their thoughts and feelings,” it said in a blogpost.

It asked users to follow trusted sources to get reliable updates and information as it happens, in real time, and suggested a list of suggested sources.

It added that if a user is not sure about something, they should not share it.

“Sharing low quality or untrustworthy information only serves to spread this content further, and gives it more visibility to more people,” it said.

Twitter said its rules prohibits behaviour which intimidates, harasses or tries to silence another person’s voice. It added that it also does not allow promotion of violence against - or threats of attack towards - people on the basis of certain categories such as race and ethnic origin, as well as language that dehumanises others on the basis of religion.

“If you see something that violates the Twitter Rules, report it. Retweeting or sharing screenshots only serves to spread content further and gives it more visibility to more people. Tagging Twitter employees or Twitter company accounts does not escalate reports,” it said.

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