Twitter is thinking about tagging our tweets based on how correct they are

Twitter is thinking about tagging our tweets based on how correct they are

The platform is experimenting with a system of labels and links to notify users when their tweets are not accurate and also providing them with additional information

(photo: Pixabay) Twitter is continuing to experiment with methods to minimize misinformation and fake news circulating on your app. The latest gimmick by Jack Dorsey's social network to combat this problem would consist of a system of labels that signal users how close they are to the truth in their tweets, and provide them with greater context, according to researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

As far as we know so far, the labels in question that the new system will associate with tweets are "Get the latest", "Stay informed", and "Misleading", ie respectively "Discover the latest", "Get informed" and "Misleading". Depending on how accurate and truthful the information contained in the 280 characters is, the social network will label the tweet as more or less reliable, also providing a link to more information to contextualise, and improve, what is written. The link should lead to a page curated by Twitter or a controlled external source, as in the case of the US presidential election or information on Covid-19.

Twitter is working on three levels of misinformation warning labels:

“Get the latest”, “Stay Informed” and “Misleading”

- Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 31, 2021

Wong, who helps computer engineers by testing features still under development, yesterday posted on Twitter a screenshot of the experiment he did to test them. To her tweet that said "I snorted 60 grams of hydrogen monoxide and I'm not feeling very well now", the algorithm has associated the label "Find out the latest", offering information on water

After writing "in 12 hours, darkness will fall in some parts of the world. Stay tuned ", the" Stay informed "label appeared, inviting you to learn more about the concept of time zone. While when he tried to challenge Twitter with the fallacious syllogism “we eat. Turtles eat. So we are turtles ", Twitter branded his post as" misleading ", noting that it was a logical mistake.

The function, still in the testing phase, tries in this way to limit disinformation through reporting accuracy and providing more context. However, journalist Alyse Stanley writes on Gizmodo that this system also raises concerns about censorship, for example by thinking about how Twitter has recently moderated Palestinian voices during the conflict with Israel. “Twitter's algorithms have failed before and there is no doubt that mislabeling uncomfortable truths as 'fake news' could have lasting repercussions,” Stanley added.

Twitter hasn't officially commented on the news yet, but Yael Roth, head of the section that looks after the integrity of the platform, retweeted Wong's screenshot, writing that it is new experiments and inviting users to share what they think to improve the experience. However, it is not yet known when the new system will be public and what the users who are surprised to post large amounts of fake news risk risk.

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