Twitter Ramps Up Efforts to Fight Misinformation

Twitter Ramps Up Efforts to Fight Misinformation

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Several national media outlets recently reported Twitter is testing new ways to fight misinformation.  The testing may include a community-based point system.  The media reports were supposedly based on a leaked demo that included bright red and orange badges for tweets determined harmful or misleading.  The labels might be placed underneath a tweet by fact checkers and/or journalists who are verified on the platform and others who choose to participate in a new “community reports” feature—somewhat like the way Wikipedia works. This is the second policy change proposal considered by Twitter so far this year. In January, Twitter announced a policy to ban tweets that, “deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm.” Reports are that the new plan may provide an opportunity for Twitter users to earn points. The point system might help prevent trolls or political hackers from becoming moderators if they venture too far from the sentiments of the broader community in their assessment of what should be marked as misleading.  The demo read in part, “Together, we act to help each other understand what’s happening in the world and protect each other from those who would drive us apart.”   In commenting to NBC News, a Twitter spokesperson stressed the community reporting feature is one of several possibilities that may be rolled out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned . . .

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