The US election is only a few weeks away, and Twitter continues to put measures in place to fight misinformation. On Friday, the social media giant announced a slew of new features aimed at guarding against abuse as we approach the November 3rd election.
Tweets that include premature claims of victory in the coming election will be labeled. The microblogging company will remove tweets that are aimed at inciting interference in the election or results. The new measure will also make it difficult for people to access tweets from political players with more than 100,000 followers–including that of President Trump that have been labeled as “misleading.”
“We will label Tweets that falsely claim a win for any candidate and will remove Tweets that encourage violence or call for people to interfere with election results or the smooth operation of polling places,” Kayvon Beykpor Product Lead, Twitter said in a blog post.
Friday’s announcement will bring about a temporary change towards how people use Twitter. Going forward, people will be encouraged to “add their own commentary” before retweeting something. This will encourage users to now start using the quote option more. Those who choose not to however, will still be able to retweet, but Twitter says it will be adding “extra friction and an extra step” hoping that it “increases the likelihood that people add their own thoughts, reactions and perspectives to the conversation.”
The social media giant will also not provide “liked by” and “followed by” recommendations from people you do not follow and will only add topics in its “for your” tab for US users that include “additional context.” When you try to retweet a tweet that has been labeled as “misleading,” you will see a prompt directing you to credible information before you can retweet the misleading information.
In related news, Twitter witter has announced that it is working on a new experimental tool to help in the fight against fake news. Birdwatch is the latest in the company’s attempt at ridding its platform of misinformation. The social media giant will hope this tool works; though, it acknowledges the fact that more still needs to be done.
“We’re exploring a number of ways to address misinformation and provide more context for tweets on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Misinformation is a critical issue and we will be testing many different ways to address it,” they added.
Birdwatch, according to social media expert Matt Navarra, allows you to attach notes to a tweet. These notes can be viewed when you click on the binoculars button on the tweet itself. What this means in essence, is that additional context about the statements made in your tweet would be open to the public.