Twitter launches new smart move to stop misinformation

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Twitter is always addressing issues related to misinformation, and I think it deserves a pat on the back. The social media giant has announced that it will start providing more context to tweets in order to enlighten users.

This latest move to curb fake news was announced by Twitter via its page on Friday. When next you see a tweet on your timeline, Twitter will provide you with a label like “this is disputed.” 

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It is one of many ways the microbloging platform is fighting against fake news online. With weeks to the US election, the label could not have come at a better time.

Our work to limit the spread of misleading information goes beyond elections. Starting today, before you Retweet or Quote Tweet any labeled Tweet that breaks our misleading information rules, you’ll see a prompt.”

The prompt has already gone live for most people even as roll out is gradual. People are more likely to desist from quoting disputed tweets than they are when they are ignorant of previous issues especially when such “facts” are in contention.

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The biggest gainers are active the players as well as Americans who deserve nothing but correct information as regards the upcoming US election.

Last week, 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.”

That 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.

Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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