After Google, YouTube and Facebook, Twitter Is All Set To Deal with Misleading Content

Twitter will soon start labeling and at times removing the doctored or manipulated content including videos, photos and audios that can mislead users.

The company introduced new set of rules that do not allow sharing synthetic and altered content which may misguide anyone or cause any kind of harm. However, manipulated content that might not harm anyone is expected to get a warning label.

However, one of the most complicated things is to decide what can cause harm. It is not always possible to pin point and many of the content might come under the gray area.

Twitter, in a blog post, said identifying what could harm is a difficult process and there could be mistakes initially but they are determined to bring positive changes through it.

The micro-blogging platform takes the risk to the safety of a person or group seriously, that might result in mass violence or unrest at a vast level. A threat to the privacy of people or their freedom of expression also comes under harm that Twitter is trying to deal with.

After the manipulation in the last US elections, all the tech giants like Google, Facebook and Instagram are on high alert and under pressure to avoid any kind of influence in 2020 US elections.

Recently, YouTube also clarified its policies regarding political manipulation and will ban deepfake videos about elections. On the other hand, Facebook is also putting up efforts to make the platform secure during elections.

The success of Twitter policies, just like hate speech and abuse, will be measured how well they are implemented by the company. Critics are of the opinion that even after putting the rule in place, the practical implementation can be unsteady and slow.

It is difficult to control the misinformation of social media platforms, it spread quickly. Facebook has hired third-party fact-checkers who for three years will debunk the false stories on the platform. Though it has been effective to some extent but the misinformation genie is still out of hands.

Twitter wanted a review of users on its such efforts for which a survey in six languages was posted. Around 6,500 responses were received from all over the world in which the majority said that misleading tweets should be labeled. However, there has not been a strong stance on whether the tweets should be removed or not.


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