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Twitter tests labels, community moderation for lies by public figures

Twitter tests labels, community moderation for lies by public figures Twitter tests labels, community moderation for lies by public figures
Bennie Garza | 25 February, 2020, 14:15

The mockup obtained by NBC News showed a plan to develop a "community reports" feature, which Twitter likened to Wikipedia.

A Twitter spokeswoman said the company is "exploring a number of ways" to fight fake news on its platform.

In a run up to United States (US) Presidential elections, Twitter is working on a new feature to add coloured warning labels beneath misleading tweets sent out by politicians and public figures according to a leaked demo, NBC News reported on Thursday.

"Twitter Community reports have identified this tweet as violating the Community Policy on Harmfully Misleading Information. This tweets visibility will be reduced".

Several Twitter users have expressed skepticism about whether this system will be used fairly or instead just push one side of the narrative. That disinformation abounds on the platform, especially ahead of a major USA presidential election, is certainly a problem in need of a solution.

More recently, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat running for president, said last month that her administration would seek to criminalize online disinformation meant to suppress voter turnout. Examples of how this system would work including badges attached to tweets from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Sen. Other tweets shown below the misleading label indicate that Sanders refers to obsolete and defective data. Last month, Twitter introduced a brand new coverage to prohibit tweets with pretend movies. Disinformation is a crucial factor and we will be able to use it to check a number of other ways to do something positive about it. People who contribute to the program might earn points and badges if they "provide critical context to help people understand information they see", the demo reads. Twitter's approach is similar to how Facebook handles the wrong information on its site, but it goes a step further because it involves political discourse. The company said past year that it would place a notice on the tweets of certain politicians and government leaders, including the president of the United States, Donald Trump, if the content violates his rules But it remains in the public interest. In this iteration of the presentation, contributors of the neighborhood ask if a selected tweet is "likely" or "improbably harmful and misleading".

The company has confirmed that the demo is real, although the labelling of lies is in the testing process and Twitter isn't sure when the feature will be rolled out.

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