Twitter is a famous social media platform that connects millions of users with one another via short messages commonly referred to as "tweets." A registered user can tweet, like, and retweet other users' tweets. The platform's fast-paced setting makes sharing information quick, and somehow uncontrollable.
Twitter Misinformation Warning Labels
One of Twitter's attempts to help users figure out what's accurate and not is by allotting specific links for tweets related to COVID-19. These should lead to external websites or special features on Moment on Twitter. These links serve as ways to provide users with additional information about the relevant topic.
According to Engadget, Twitter's attempt to minimize the spread of false news did not significantly affect the ongoing issue, so they decided to take it up a notch. As a resolution, Twitter has formulated three forms of warning labels to inform other users of the tweets' credibility.
Jane Manchun Wong, an app researcher, stated that Twitter is working on three levels of misinformation warning labels: "Get the latest," "Stay Informed," and "Misleading."
Based on Jane Manchun Wong's experimental tweets, the warning labels accurately interpret each tweet, classifying them into their correct Twitter Warning Labels.
Twitter Misinformation Issues
Similar to other social media platforms, Twitter has had its fair share of fake news in the form of Twitter misinformation.
One of the primary issues for this occurrence is that the tweets are not regulated before they go live, so users can post anything they would like to.
Twitter users have to be more aware of what news is considered fake and authentic. In fact, this is one of the many reasons why the platform decided to step up its game plan against misinformation online.
Millions of Twitter users tweet every single day, and the best way to control these posts is by putting warning labels.
The social media giant also utilized various Public Service Announcements during the election period as an attempt to stop the spread of voting and results. The platform is known for taking action concerning social media misinformation.
One of Twitter's most significant moves to implement safety within its platform happened on Jan. 8, when Twitter permanently banned former President Trump from the entire forum, which the platform itself announced via a blog post.
The platform began to work double-time in the heat of the pandemic because hoaxes, mistruths, and other false information took over everyone's timelines. Twitter started to implement warning pop-ups for unreliable tweets.
At the beginning of 2021, the company announced one of its newest campaigns against social media misinformation: Birdwatch. It is a crowdsourced feature that gives small sets of Twitter users the appropriate tools and capacity to pursue further fact-checks for suspicious tweets. The project is being optimized for its integration into the entire Twitter platform so that more users can use it.
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Written by Franchesca Sanders
Written by Franchesca Sanders