Twitter will warn you when you like a tweet that they consider as fake. Fake news has become one of the most popular topics in recent times, especially on social networks, with Facebook and Twitter at the forefront of the phenomenon. The latter, however, has been the most active in taking action against fake news.
- Twitter is bringing verified accounts back in 2021
- Twitter hired Mudge as the new head of security
- Twitter brings the Fleets: Tweets that last 24 hours
But Twitter wants to go further, and from this week onwards a new warning will be implemented, affecting those who like the posts that previously marked as fake.
The reason for these changes was initially the US elections, and in fact, Donald Trump has been the user -of those with millions of followers in the social network- who has suffered the most from Twitter, with constant warnings in his tweets and even the elimination of some of them. But what was supposed to last as long as the electoral process, has spread and now also covers issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a general rule, Twitter marks messages that it considers as fraudulent information something like “such a statement is in dispute” or “several sources say otherwise”, in both cases applied to the subject of elections. Donald Trump’s official channel on Twitter is the best example where this type of censorship can be found quickly, as it is still censorship, applied by a platform that is private and forces its own rules as it sees fit.
Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital.
These prompts helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29% so we're expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet. pic.twitter.com/WTK164nMfZ
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 23, 2020
Hence, mainly, the threat that the current president of the United States made against social networks with the ultimate goal of “shutting them down as soon as he can”. A threat that arose from not being able to do and undo as he pleased, but a threat that, in the end, it does not seem that he will be able to carry out, given that despite all his allegations of electoral fraud, the decision does not depend on his Administration and the numbers are in favor of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. Twitter will warn you when you like a tweet that they consider as fake, we will see how people will react against this measure.