Twitter is one of the many social media companies that have struggled to prevent the spread of misinformation across its platform over the years.
And its most recent attempt appears to be a tiered warning naming scheme that changes depending on how wrong you are, According App researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
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So far, there are three levels of warning signs of misinformation: get the latest, stay informed and misleading.
The accuracy of a Tweet determines whether Twitter’s systems handle one of these three ratings, each of which includes a prompt to direct users to additional information.
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These pages may ostensibly link to a Twitter-coordinated page or to a vetted external source. As is the case for coronavirus misinformation on Twitter and the US presidential election.
This feature can help reduce the spread of misinformation, or at least provide important context for issues that may be too precise to fit within 280 characters.
Twitter and misinformation:
This feature raises concerns about censorship, given the way social platforms have suppressed moderate Palestinian voices in recent weeks amid the Israeli conflict.
Twitter’s algorithms have failed previously. Misnaming facts as fake news can have lasting repercussions.
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It is not clear when this feature will be launched. It is also not clear if there are consequences for users who are caught repeatedly spreading misinformation.
Although all this is still technically uncertain at the moment. However, the researcher has accurately predicted many developments via Twitter in recent months. Including the debut of the Tip Jar feature and the relaunch of the public verification program.
Between tackling potentially harmful misinformation about the coronavirus and curbing the spread of conspiracies around the 2020 presidential election, social media companies have launched a host of new features aimed at curbing the spread of misinformation.
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And this time last year, Twitter added a prompt to alert you if you hadn’t read an article before retweeting it.
In January, Twitter launched Birdwatch, a crowdsourcing feature that gave a small group of users across the political spectrum the tools to verify tweets.
Notes are initially only visible via a dedicated site. But Twitter said it plans to integrate it into its platform when a broad and diverse consensus is reached.
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