Twitter tests the placement of brightly colored labels among tweets from politicians and other public persons that contain untruths, the company said Thursday in a statement. This should make it easier for users to recognize misinformation.
NBC News discovered on Thursday that a prototype of the position could be seen on a public website. In that prototype, tweets from public figures who are considered "harmful misleading" receive an orange or bright red label. The misleading information would also be corrected directly under the tweet by verified fact checkers, NBC News writes.
Twitter says that the leaked prototype is a possible new way to combat misinformation. "We are exploring various options to tackle misinformation and to give more context to tweets," a Twitter spokesperson said. "Misinformation is a critical issue and we are testing various ways in which we can address it."
In addition to the colored labels, Twitter is also busy developing a function that, according to the spokesperson, is somewhat similar to Wikipedia. In addition, Twitterers would earn points and badges for judging "harmful misleading" content.
According to the spokesperson, the project is still at an early stage, it is not known when new functions will be rolled out against misinformation.
Social media struggle with disinformation
In recent months, several platforms have taken measures against misinformation. For example, Facebook announced at the beginning of January to remove manipulated videos. TikTok and Reddit are also banned from misinformation.
From the end of November, it is prohibited to post advertisements with a political message on Twitter. In addition, Twitter said in early February that the company is going to label tweets with photos and videos containing misinformation. Twitter will also remove manipulated images that are intended to cause damage. These measures will start on 5 March.