On Monday, May 11, Twitter released a statement titled ‘Updating our Approach to Misleading Information’ where they announced that they are improving their monitoring systems to assist in their labeling of misleading information, specifically about COVID-19.
“In serving the public conversation, our goal is to make it easy to find credible information on Twitter and to limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content. Starting today, we’re introducing new labels and warning messages that will provide additional context and information on some Tweets containing disputed or misleading information related to COVID-19.”
The labels will also be given to tweets that have been published prior to the launch of this new feature.
The tweets that will be most affected by this new monitoring system will be the ones containing misleading information, disputed claims, and unverified claims.
Labels on videos will say “Get the facts about COVID-19”. Labels on text-only tweets will say “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet conflicts with guidance from public health experts regarding COVID-19. Learn more.”
The labels will be linked to a Twitter-curated page or external source that has more information about what was shared in the tweet.
Twitter is issuing these labels as ‘warnings’ to viewers and only harmful misleading information will be removed.
All social media platforms have their own system of censorship intended to protect viewers from unwanted content.
Users of these social media platforms have experienced issues with posting videos or pictures that may be obscene, violent, contain pirated material or go against that social media platforms’ guidelines.
Although this system isn’t perfect, some may call it effective, other’s say it suppresses their first amendment right on a technical level, then there are those who feel social media platforms must do more.
Well, more is being done!