Twitter recently announced a new policy aimed at preventing suspected “misinformation”, saying that tweets containing what it deems to be false information during an active crisis will be blacked out on the platform.
The Verge reports that Twitter announced a new policy on Thursday aimed at combating what it calls misinformation on the platform during an active crisis. The company has set new standards for blocking or hiding certain tweets if they are believed to contain misinformation.
Yoel Roth, left-leaning safety and integrity officer for Twitter, said in a blog post detailing the policy“Content moderation is about more than leaving or removing content and we have expanded the range of actions we can take to ensure they are proportionate to the severity of the potential harm.”
The new policy will put greater scrutiny on false reports of events, false claims relating to weapons or use of force, and broader misinformation regarding atrocities and international responses. It is not uncommon for pranks and fake news to go viral in an emergency when users attempt to share unverified information.
The new policy states that tweets categorized as misinformation will not be removed or banned, but will come with a warning label requiring users to click a button to view the tweet. The promotion of tweets will also be blocked in Twitter’s newsfeed algorithm, which will significantly reduce their reach.
The new policy is meant to apply only to specific events, with Twitter initially applying the policy to content relating to the ongoing war in Ukraine, but Twitter expects the rules to apply to all crises in to come.
The company defines a crisis as “situations in which there is a widespread threat to life, physical safety, health, or basic livelihood.”
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