May 12, 2020
Coronavirus: Twitter will label Covid-19 fake news
Twitter has started putting warning messages on tweets containing misleading information about Covid-19. In a blog, Twitter said it wanted to "Limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content" around the coronavirus. "The problem to me is that Trump and his ilk have done such a good job of labelling disagreement as fake news that I believe his supporters are likely to tune out these warnings." After tightening its policies against harmful content in March, the company says it has removed 1,100 misleading tweets and "Challenged" more than 1.5 million accounts manipulating the conversation about Covid-19. The new labelling system seems very similar to Facebook's programme for flagging misleading content, although Twitter will not be using information from independent fact-checkers to label content.
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