One of the many things that people don’t need to hear right now is fake news. Starting January 17, Twitter users in the Philippines can now test a new reporting option that alerts the platform about misleading tweets they encounter on their feeds.
The platform also expanded the feature to countries including Brazil and Spain. The Twitter Safety account posted, ‘Until now, we’ve received around 3 million reports from you all, calling out tweets that violate our policies and helping us understand new misinformation trends.’
The test feature had already kicked off in August 2021 in three other nations namely the United States, South Korea, and Australia. The move was part of the tech giant’s efforts to reduce misinformation on its site.
Today we're expanding this test feature to folks tweeting from Brazil, Spain, or the Philippines. Till now we've received around 3M reports from you all, calling out Tweets that violate our policies & helping us understand new misinformation trends.
Stay tuned for more to come. https://t.co/wB3P66Dl1Q
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 17, 2022
Users can choose to flag inaccurate content when they tap the three-dot icon at the upper right side of a tweet. After selecting “Report tweet”, several options pop up, now including, “It’s misleading.” Then, three options are offered under the new feature: “Political,” “Health,” and “Something else.”
Before the update, users were able to report a tweet for being suspicious, spam-like, abusive, containing sensitive material or expressing intentions of self-harm or suicide, and if the user is not interested in it.
Beneath the new test feature options, Twitter stated that it takes users’ feedback seriously. The prompt added, ‘Although we may not take action on this report or respond to you directly, we will use this report to develop new ways to reduce misleading info.’
‘This could include limiting its visibility, providing additional context, and creating new policies.’ it added. Meanwhile, Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth shared in a separate tweet that the social media site has garnered 3.7 million misinformation reports filed since last year.
Roth explained that the platform discovered that reports are “helpful, but noisy, for the first use (individual reporting).” Only around 10% of misinfo reports were actionable — compared to 20-30% for other policy areas. A key driver of this was “off-topic” reports that don’t have misinfo at all.
Twitter will post more details regarding data and updates on the feature during the rollout of its 2022 report.
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