Twitter tests labeling "misleading" tweets from politicians and public figures

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 21st, 2020 2:02 pm

Last Updated Feb 21st, 2020 at 3:22 pm

According to a leaked demo sent to NBC News, Twitter is testing ways to determine whether or not tweets posted by politicians and public figures are "harmfully misleading" in an effort to thwart influential users from spreading false information.

Twitter confirmed that the leaked demo, which utilizes brightly colored labels directly beneath misleading tweets, is one possible solution to minimize misinformation. The social network plans to deploy its new policy on March 5.

Misleading or false information posted by high-profile accounts would be corrected directly beneath the suspected tweet by fact-checkers and journalists verified on Twitter. There may also be a "community reports" feature that allows users to correct false reports.

"Misinformation is a critical issue and we will be testing many different ways to address it," a spokesperson from Twitter said.


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