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Twitter’s feature to flag misleading tweets expands to more countries

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Twitter has started expanding its test feature which lets users to flag tweets as ‘misleading’ on the platform to more countries.

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The feature, which was available in the United States, South Korea, and Australia, will now include users from Brazil, Spain, and the Philippines, the micro-blogging platform said.

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The California-based firm had started testing the feature in August last year to curb misinformation on its social media platform. It gives users the option to flag a tweet as ‘it’s misleading’ after clicking on report tweet.

“Till now we’ve received around 3M reports from you all, calling out tweets that violate our policies & helping us understand new misinformation trends,” the company said in a tweet.

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This wasn’t Twitter’s only attempt to combat misinformation on its platform. Last January, it launched a crowd-sourced fact-checking programme called ‘Birdwatch’ , which allows users to attach notes to provide more context to misleading tweets. Users will be able to access the additional information by clicking on the binoculars icon on a tweet.


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Printable version | May 23, 2022 4:40:39 am | https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/twitters-feature-to-flag-misleading-tweets-expands-to-more-countries/article38286212.ece