Sunday, September 19

New tools on Twitter to curb misinformation | Digital Trends Spanish

Twitter wants to take a more informed stance against fake news, especially when it relates to sensitive topics like the pandemic and elections.

For this reason, it has now begun to test a new system to report tweets that share disinformation about these areas.

From now on, users will have more resources to report misleading content. It is a test that, initially, will be focused on the United States, South Korea and Australia. Of course, this option could be extended if it works well.

Those who can access this test will find the option “report tweet” in the application menu. There a tab will be displayed where you can indicate if the tweet is misleading, also choose what category it is: health, politics or “something else”.

In the health option, it will be possible to explain if the publication provides erroneous information about the coronavirus.

The platform has explained that it will not change the way it processes these types of complaints. The only new thing is the way in which people can make the report, besides that it is more specific because it is necessary to explain to which area the suspicious tweets belong.

It should be remembered that both Twitter and other massive social networks, such as Facebook and Instagram, have deepened their efforts to try to stop the misinformation that circulates on the web regarding the pandemic, making a series of useful resources available to users.

In addition, Twitter has Birdwatch, a program that serves to combat this false news and that is still in its pilot phase.

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