From now onwards the microblogging site Twitter will be adding labels and will be showing warning messages on the tweets that contain misleading, disputed or unverified information related to coronavirus. Even more, it is also removing the harmful content from the site. This move has been taken by the company to put a stop on the users spreading fake information and rumours that could harm someone.
Twitter in its blog post said that “In serving the public conversation, our goal is to make it easy to find credible information on Twitter and to limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content. Starting today, we’re introducing new labels and warning messages that will provide additional context and information on some Tweets containing disputed or misleading information related to COVID-19.”
Twitter is also planning to use these labels and warning messages to provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content. This will make it easier to find facts and make informed decisions about what people see on Twitter. To recall, in March the company began addressing the contents that were fake and contained wrong information that could mislead the users seeking information related to COVID-19.
These labels will also be applied to the tweets sent before the announcement that contains potentially harmful, misleading information related to COVID-19. These labels will be linked to a company-curated page or external trusted source containing additional information on the claims made within the Tweet.
According to the company, these warnings will inform people that the information in the Tweet differs from public health experts’ guidance before they view it.
“Our teams are using and improving internal systems to proactively monitor content related to COVID-19. These systems help ensure we’re not amplifying Tweets with these warnings or labels and detecting the high-visibility content quickly. Additionally, we’ll continue to rely on trusted partners to identify content that is likely to result in offline harm. Given the dynamic situation, we will prioritize review and labeling of content that could lead to increased exposure or transmission. We’ll learn a lot as we use these new labels, and are open to adjusting as we explore labeling different types of misleading information. This process is ongoing and we’ll work to make sure these and other labels and warnings show up across Twitter. Embedded Tweets and Tweets viewed by people not logged into Twitter may still appear without a label,” the company added.
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