On Tuesday, Twitter introduced that it’ll start testing a brand new reporting characteristic for customers to flag tweets containing doable misinformation.
Beginning right this moment, customers will be capable to report misinformation via the identical course of as harassment or different dangerous content material, via the dropdown menu on the prime proper of each tweet. Customers might be prompted to pick whether or not the deceptive remark is political, health-related, or falls into one other class. The politics class consists of extra particular types of misinformation like content material associated to elections. The well being class will even embrace an possibility for customers to flag COVID-19-specific misinformation.
The brand new characteristic might be accessible on Tuesday for many customers within the US, Australia, and South Korea. Twitter stated it expects to run this experiment for just a few months earlier than deciding to roll it out to further markets.
Twitter stated that not each report might be reviewed because the platform continues to check the characteristic. However the knowledge obtained via the take a look at will assist the corporate decide the way it may increase on the characteristic over the following few weeks. The take a look at may very well be used to determine tweets containing misinformation which have the potential to go viral as nicely.
Final month, the Biden administration took a stronger stance towards misinformation as new variants of COVID-19 have continued to unfold. President Biden informed reporters in July that social media platforms like Fb have been “killing people” with vaccine misinformation.
The assertion adopted a coordinated marketing campaign from the White Home pressuring platforms to extra aggressively take away coronavirus misinformation. The US Surgeon Normal’s workplace printed a report outlining new methods platforms may counter well being misinformation. The report referred to as for “clear consequences for accounts that repeatedly violate” a platform’s guidelines and for corporations like Fb and Twitter to revamp their algorithms to “avoid amplifying” false data.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) additionally launched a invoice earlier this yr that may take away Fb and different social media platforms’ Part 230 legal responsibility protect in the event that they amplified dangerous public well being data.