Twitter has introduced a new warning label for tweets containing content “obtained through hacking.” News stories that are detected as based on hacks and leaked documents show this new label. However, users have already figured an easy way to hack a URL together and make it appear on any tweet.
For instance, if you share the URL of a story with the new label, it will generate the warning. Unfortunately, you can easily trick Twitter into flagging tweets with this new warning by using a specially crafted link to a genuine URL along with the flagged one.
This trick seems to work for both Twitter’s mobile apps as well as the desktop version. It even seems to crash the Android version if you try to like a tweet with the warning label.
Twitter took the initiative of introducing these warning labels after it received criticism for blocking links to New York Post stories regarding Joe Biden’s son. The social media company immediately reversed its decision and in place of it, introduced the new warning labels. The labels are part of Twitter’s “hacked materials policy.”
The company has previously used warning labels for other purposes as well, including preventing the spread of misleading information about Covid-19 and false tweets by Trump.