Twitter on Tuesday announced that some users would have the option to report tweets as misleading to battle the widespread misinformation. However, this option is currently available in the U.S., South Korea, and Australia.
The new reporting structure is an effort to reduce misinformation on the platform. Likewise, users will be able to report a tweet that they believe to be misleading in terms of political or health information or is just generally inaccurate.
However, this isn’t the first step the social media platform has taken to fight against misinformation. Earlier in January, the company launched a fact-checking system called Birdwatch. It allows users to write notes and provide more information while reporting a tweet. However, the said reporting system existed and worked via a separate website.
In the latest test, users can use the 3-dot contextual menu to use the “report tweet” option. Thereon, users will see a new ‘misleading’ category which further asks the user to select from “politics,” “health,” or “something else.” Moreover, if they select “politics” or “health,” they can specify if the tweets refer to elections or COVID-19. Hence, this is a well-laid-out approach.
Can Twitter Benefit from this Reporting System?
In light of the recent events, it’s only necessary to stop the widespread misinformation over social media. Twitter is quite popular and tops the list when it comes to sharing information and news. While recent events in Afghanistan and the pandemic have worsened the situation, Twitter’s initiative can be useful.
Twitter said: “We’re assessing if this is an effective approach, so we’re starting small. We may not take action and cannot respond to each report in the experiment, but your input will help us identify trends so that we can improve the speed and scale of our broader misinformation work.” This gives us a hint that the company isn’t worried about the abuse of the feature for now as they’re starting small. Also, misleading tweets are being reported from the current report moderation system itself.
It also appears that the social media platform is figuring out how to prioritize actual tweets containing misinformation and get rid of them as soon as possible. Twitter will sort out the reported tweets using automated moderation and give them priority.
To conclude, the amount of misinformation on the internet increases by the day, and Twitter has a significant role. Hence, Twitter’s ambition to fight the same is commendable. The company has taken various steps and launched features to control fake news and information as much as possible. The new feature should be rolled out to all Twitter users soon enough provided it is successful.