Since August of last year, Twitter has been testing a new option of allowing users to flag tweets that contain potentially misleading information. The company is now expanding the test to users in more regions including Brazil, Spain, and the Philippines.
No ano passado, começamos a testar um novo mecanismo de denúncia para informações enganosas nos EUA, Coreia do Sul e Austrália.— Twitter Seguro 🇧🇷 (@TwitterSeguroBR) January 17, 2022
Hoje, estamos expandindo este piloto para o Brasil, Espanha e Filipinas.https://t.co/H80pMVLTJY
Twitter launched the option with the intention to reduce spread of misinformation on the platform. By flagging concerning tweets, people can report certain content that they do not want to see. The reporting tool for Tweets now has an additional “it’s misleading” option.
If you report a misleading tweet, however, Twitter will not respond to you directly. Rather, the misleading content will be removed on the basis of how many people report certain tweets and what they report. “We will use this report to develop new ways to reduce misleading info,” says Twitter.
Among the different ways that Twitter will deal with reported content are limiting its visibility, providing additional context, and creating new policies.
The new tool can be seen as more of an experiment than an actual enforcement for now, which can help Twitter identify more areas of focus, hence improving the tweet eco-system.
Moreover, the mass reporting process can also help the company detect additional bot trends, as bot networks have been found to amplify conspiracy theories across the internet.