Twitter now labels misleading COVID-19 information
"Earlier this year, we introduced a new label for Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media. Similar labels will now appear on Tweets containing potentially harmful, misleading information related to COVID-19. This will also apply to Tweets sent before today," announced Yoel Roth, Head of Site Integrity, and Nick Pickle, Public Policy Manager in a blog post.
"Get the facts about COVID-19" label will appear under dubious tweets, linking to trusted sources of information about the topic. In some cases, Twitter may add a specific warning to tweets, depending on the potential harm and the type of misleading information.
Suspicious content is divided into three main categories:
- Misleading information — statements or assertions that have been confirmed to be false or misleading by subject-matter experts, such as public health authorities.
- Disputed claims — statements or assertions in which the accuracy, truthfulness, or credibility of the claim is contested or unknown.
- Unverified claims — information (which could be true or false) that is unconfirmed at the time it is shared.
Twitter will take different actions based on these categories (take a look at the neat little table above). The social network will monitor COVID-19 related information and flag misleading content, prioritizing high-visibility tweets.