Twitter recently announced that it is testing a new feature to allow users from the United States, South Korea, and Australia to flag misleading content as part of its effort to reduce misinformation on the platform.
“We’re testing a feature for you to report Tweets that seem misleading – as you see them. Starting today, some people in the US, South Korea, and Australia will find the option to flag a Tweet as “It’s misleading” after clicking on Report Tweet,” Twitter said in a tweet.
Users can be more specific in flagging the misleading tweet as potentially containing misinformation about “health,” “politics,” and “other.” (Read: Instagram Adds New Features To Reduce Abuse, Racist Comments)
Once a user marks a tweet as misleading, it will be reviewed by a “combination of automated technology and human moderators, which will decide whether to take action.”
A good step
Twitter is known to be one the most influential in initiating discussions and disseminating information about wider topics, including socio-political issues. However, not all users and content posted are reliable and many of them still contain misleading or false information that can be a source of fake news.
“We’re assessing if this is an effective approach so we’re starting small,” the platform reiterated. (Read: Fake news endangers lives more than COVID-19, and each of us can fix it)
“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,” the platform underscored. Twitter has recently tightened its misinformation policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the US presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
Make it accessible worldwide
Since the new feature is limited to some countries, many netizens are requesting Twitter to allow all users around the globe to use the feature. They are also hoping that the trial of this feature will be effective, so many users can report any misleading information circulating and resurfacing in their feed.
Several users who cannot access the new feature are now starting to repost previous content such as videos, photos, and articles that are potentially misleading and spreading fake information. (Read: ‘Be Witnesses to the Truth, Expose Fake News’ – Pope Francis)
Earlier this month, Twitter decided to remove Fleets, a feature similar to Instagram stories where users can post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. The platform introduced a new font and design for both mobile and desktop last week.