Twitter will now warn you about misleading tweets
May 12, 2020

Another step to stop the spread of fake news.

Twitter has just started rolling out a new feature that will automatically warn users if a particular tweet is considered to be misleading and/or fake. This was also done not just to combat the rise of fake news but as a crackdown on some tweets that promote COVID-19 treatments that are deemed to be ineffective.

If Twitter identifies a tweet as fake or misleading, a label will appear and the tweet will be hidden. You still have the option to view the tweet, but it will be hidden as a preventive measure. “During active conversations about disputed issues, it can be helpful to see the additional context from trusted sources. Earlier this year, we introduced a new label for Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media. Similar labels will now appear on Tweets containing potentially harmful, misleading information related to COVID-19. This will also apply to Tweets sent before today,” the company said in a blog post

The labeled tweets will then be linked to a Twitter-curated page that contains more valuable information about the tweet and why it is labeled as fake. Twitter said it is primarily filtering tweets that fall in the following categories: misleading information, disputed claims, and unverified claims.

All these changes will be reflected on all of Twitter’s apps and platforms.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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