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.