Twitter Is Testing a Feature to Flag Politicians’ Misleading Tweets

Twitter is testing a new feature that will clearly flag the politicians and public figures’ deceptive tweets, as reported by a news agency. The tweets identified as “harmfully misleading” will be flagged with red and orange badges, and the verified information from fact-checkers and journalists will be displayed along with it.

As shown in the tweets below that are about the similarities between coronavirus and HIV, a clarified message is also shown saying that many viruses have the same symptoms as HIV. Also, it identifies there are no proves that coronavirus is human-created. The clarified tweet is as prominent as the original tweets, so it cannot be ignored or missed by other users.

The feature is possibly the first step of the anti-misinformation policy that the company is expected to implement from March 5th onwards. It is the same day, the company will practically implement the recently announced ban on deep fakes.

Twitter’s spokesperson said misinformation is one of the major issues and the company is looking for various ways it can deal with it as well as give more content to users for tweets on the platform.

Along with the flagging system, the company is expected to introduce another feature that will give points and badges to users who will help Twitter in moderating the platform. Users will be asked to rate, on a scale from 1 to 100, how harmful the tweets are likely to be.

Flags system might not implement the community feature, according to Twitter. It is just the testing of an option that will be based on community feedback.

According to reports, Twitter has been working on this tool since 2017 to control the spread of misinformation. As the elections are coming up soon, the platform has introduced features allowing people to report misleading content. Other than these features, the company is working on other tools as well.

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