Twitter to warn users before they flag or like tweets with fake news

During the pandemic, Twitter has noticed a lot of fake news being spread through its platform, which leads to a lot of misinformation. It’s not only Twitter but the same trend continued to follow on almost all social media and messaging platforms. Due to this, companies came in and created new features and updated their policies to make sure that such fake news cannot be circulated. In the same trend, Twitter added a new feature to the platform in October where they added warning and restriction on tweets with misleading information. 

The company made a new announcement on Tuesday, informing the users about the new details that would set a warning notification when the users try to like labeled tweets. Labeled tweets will be those which are already marked for misleading and wrong information by Twitter. The feature started showing on the platform in the 2020 Presidential election to make sure that no fake tweets are liked or retweeted. The functionality has now expanded and the warning functionality will be rolling out on Web and iOS devices. The feature will be added to the Android platform in the coming weeks. 

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As per the official statement from Twitter, “Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital. These prompts helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29 percent so we’re expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet.” The company has already labeled more than 300,000 tweets now under the Civic Integrity Policy till November 11.  

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