Twitter has expanded the ability to report misleading tweets also known as fake news by adding a new tool. The new tool is coming ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha in India and the EU elections. That said, Twitter expects that its latest addition will be extended to other places where elections will be held in the future in order to reduce external or undue influences.
“Today, we are further expanding our enforcement capabilities in this area by creating a dedicated reporting feature within the product to allow users to more easily report this content to us. This is in addition to our existing proactive approach to tackling malicious automation and other forms of platform manipulation on the service,” a blog post by Twitter Safety wrote.
The new tool is available on mobile and desktop for all users. To report a misleading tweet in-app, simply follow these steps:
- Select report Tweet from drop down menu
- Select “it’s misleading about voting”
- Select the option that best tells us how the Tweet is misleading about voting
- Submit your report.
For desktop, the process is very much the same—and as a matter of fact, takes only a couple of minutes. The election reporting tool is currently only available to users in India and the EU.
Twitter categorizes misleading tools as:
- Misleading information about how to vote or register to vote (for example, that you can vote by Tweet, text message, email, or phone call).
- Misleading information about requirements for voting, including identification requirements; and
- Misleading statements or information about the official, announced date or time of an election.
The fact that users with personal vendetta in mind could abuse the process requires Twitter to strengthen their appeal process—and good thing is that the company is already thinking along that line.
Recall that Twitter recently strengthened its appeals process in the event that it made a wrong call when reviewing cases. “We move quickly to enforce our rules, but sometimes we don’t have the full context and can make mistakes,” the company tweeted a couple of weeks ago.
The move will cause several companies to rethink their plans, especially when it comes to allowing users/customers to follow a larger number of users with the help of tools. Some companies/individuals make use of bots to help customers grow their user base as against Twitter’s policy on privacy.