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#SMTLive Wrapped: Your Favorite Twitter Chats from 2019

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Once again, another year has flown by and it’s hard to believe that we’re only a few weeks away from the holidays. As I sit here and plan our last #SMTLive Twitter chat of the year, I can’t help but think about everything that has happened in the world of social media in 2019.

I’m thankful to have #SMTLive as a place for us, marketers, to gather and discuss all these major social media updates that affect our work and require our attention. Everyone who has participated in these chats over the years has provided valuable insights into unique social media strategies, tips and tricks that the Social Media Today community is truly grateful for.

Our final chat of 2019 will take place on Decemeber 17th, at the usual time. As always, we plan to close out the year with a final chat to prepare us all for the social media trends coming in the next year: Predicting 2020 Social Media Marketing Trends.

Before we meet on Twitter for the last time before we break for the holidays, let’s look back on a few of our most popular chats from 2019. Together, we can remember some of the challenges and successes we felt as a community.

Here are a few of our most popular #SMTLive Twitter chats from 2019.

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Twitter adds warning labels to false Ukraine war posts

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Twitter adds warning labels to false Ukraine war posts

Misleading tweets about Russia’s war on Ukraine will be hidden behind messages warning they could cause real world harm under a new Twitter policy. – Copyright AFP Asif HASSAN

Twitter on Thursday said it will put warning labels on demonstrably false posts about Russia’s war in Ukraine under a new “crisis misinformation policy.”

Tweets violating the new rule will be hidden behind messages saying that misleading information in the posts could cause real-world harm, said Twitter head of safety and integrity Yoel Roth.

Twitter users will then have to click on a link to see an offending post.

“While this first iteration is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine, we plan to update and expand the policy to include additional forms of crisis,” Roth said in a blog post.

Examples of the kinds of posts that would merit warning labels included false reports about what is happening on the ground and how the international community is responding.

Twitter said it will make a priority of adding warning labels to tweets from high-profile accounts such as state-affiliated media outlets, governments, and users whose identities have been verified.

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“Conversation moves quickly during periods of crisis, and content from accounts with wide reach are most likely to rack up views and engagement,” Roth said.

He added that the new policy will guide Twitter’s efforts “to elevate credible, authoritative information, and will help to ensure viral misinformation isn’t amplified or recommended by us during crises.”

The content moderation move comes as Twitter faces the prospect of being bought by billionaire Elon Musk.

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