Twitter has already implemented many tools and systems to eradicate misinformation on the platform. However, it is still a big problem, as it happens on most social platforms.
Following this line, Twitter is testing a new dynamic for users to report tweets with false information.
New Twitter dynamic to eliminate false information
To make it easier for users to report tweets with false information, Twitter said: “We are testing a feature for you to report Tweets that seem misleading – as you see them.”
So users will be able to report misleading information on the platform using the drop-down menu on the tweet. When the user takes that action, Twitter will ask them to specify what the false content is related to. And for that, it will ask him to check if it’s political if it’s a health topic or some other category.
We’re testing a feature for you to report Tweets that seem misleading – as you see them. Starting today, some people in the US, South Korea, and Australia will find the option to flag a Tweet as “It’s misleading” after clicking on Report Tweet.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) August 17, 2021
And for example, within Health, the user will be able to check if the fake content he reports is related to COVID-19. Or if the topic is related to Politics, then he or she could mark if it is misinformation about the elections.
The Twitter team mentions that this dynamic will work as an experiment, so they won’t be able to respond to all user reports. But user input will help them evaluate different factors of the system to measure its effectiveness. It will also help them to identify fake content that is quickly trending on the platform.
At this early stage, this new dynamic will only be available in South Korea, the United States, and Australia. And if they consider that this new approach is effective in eradicating misinformation, it is possible that they will extend it to other countries.