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Twitter will soon add an option that will allow users to report misinformation on its platform. This will give users the ability to flag tweets but it may not lead to more fact checking or label problematic posts.
This feature has been introduced by Twitter in selected regions. It will be similar to how you alert Twitter in case of Spam or Abuse. Though Twitter will not review the legitimacy of reported tweet or respond to users with updates as is the case with other types of reports.
According to Twitter spokesperson, The social media platform will be using these reports to study misinformation on its platform and identify the trends. This will help it to focus on the problem areas.
Currently Twitter checks facts for selected categories such as election and COVID-19. Now users can report any type of misinformation to the company. More categories will be added to the fact checking operation depending on the results of the tests being carried out in U.S., Australia and South Korea.
Twitter on Tuesday tweeted, “We may not take action on and cannot respond to each report in the experiment. But your input will help us identify trends so that we can improve the speed and scale of our broader misinformation work.”
Compared to Facebook , Twitter’s efforts towards combating misinformation are limited. Facebook on the other hand has an army of outside fact-checkers. While for Twitter its internal Trust and Safety team reviews tweets and usually just flags the most egregious or highest-profile offenders.
There have been a number of politicians who have been flagged or temporarily suspended for repeated misinformation violations. This includes President Trump, another recent example is the U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
We may also get to experience a new product from Twitter called Birdwatch. It will rely on the services users to help police content and combat misinformation. Birdwatch is still in its development stages but will certainly prove to be a handy tool in an effort to scale fact-checking efforts more quickly. Currently San Francisco-based Twitter has more than 200 million daily users.