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Twitter Might Add Notification Tag on Detected Misinformation

Twitter after introducing tags to highlight misinformation in tweets in now testing labels to signify misinformation.

According to NBC:

"In this version, disinformation or misleading information posted by public figures would be corrected directly beneath a tweet by fact-checkers and journalists who are verified on the platform and possibly by other users who would participate in a new "community reports" feature, which the demo claims is "like Wikipedia."

It is still not sure whether this new addition will ever see the light of the day but Twitter's efforts to tackle the spread of misinformation on the platform especially when it comes to political campaigns.

But while tags would be beneficial to reduce misinformation, research has shown that bots that make the information seem more authentic are the real problem. Back in 2016, during the US elections about 500,000 bots as fake accounts were found. They had been observed to be retweeting messages of presidential candidates against their opponents. And more recently, such bots were spreading false information regarding the Australian bushfires.

In this regard, Twitter is also working on highlight bot accounts with a symbol so people can identify them easily.

Again, while the new addition can be fruitful, Twitter needs to do something about the growing number of bots to address misinformation on the platform.

Twitter Might Add Notification Tag on Detected Misinformation

Twitter Might Add Notification Tag on Detected Misinformation

Twitter after introducing tags to highlight misinformation in tweets in now testing labels to signify misinformation.

According to NBC:

"In this version, disinformation or misleading information posted by public figures would be corrected directly beneath a tweet by fact-checkers and journalists who are verified on the platform and possibly by other users who would participate in a new "community reports" feature, which the demo claims is "like Wikipedia."

It is still not sure whether this new addition will ever see the light of the day but Twitter's efforts to tackle the spread of misinformation on the platform especially when it comes to political campaigns.

But while tags would be beneficial to reduce misinformation, research has shown that bots that make the information seem more authentic are the real problem. Back in 2016, during the US elections about 500,000 bots as fake accounts were found. They had been observed to be retweeting messages of presidential candidates against their opponents. And more recently, such bots were spreading false information regarding the Australian bushfires.

In this regard, Twitter is also working on highlight bot accounts with a symbol so people can identify them easily.

Again, while the new addition can be fruitful, Twitter needs to do something about the growing number of bots to address misinformation on the platform.

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