The Twitter platform is expanding the use of its disinformation labels through misleading Tweets.
The company developed a new feature that would show a disinformation poster when a user attempts to like a tweet that has been classified as misinformation.
Engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered the feature in the code for Twitter.
Twitter is working on misinformation warning on Likes, just like the ones for Quote Tweets / Retweets pic.twitter.com/BLlmaw5RZK— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 9, 2020
Wong emphasized that the extension does not prevent the user from liking the tweet – rather, it slows down its speed.
A similar warning appears today when users try to retweet Tweets marked as containing wrong information.
This new feature is in line with other measures taken by Twitter to slow the spread of misinformation through its service, including the change in how the retweet feature works.
Twitter began on October 20, 2020 by asking anyone who wanted to retweet something to share the tweet via a quote instead of the usual way.
This is to help users think about what they are amplifying, similar to what the change did that prompted users to read the content they post.
In addition, the platform rolled out a series of new policies ahead of election day in the United States, to clarify its handling of misleading tweets.
In addition to categorizing disinformation, it has implemented strict warnings and restrictions on tweets from US political figures, including candidates and campaign accounts.
Warnings have been placed in Tweets claiming early victory, and are largely designed; In response to Trump’s broad hints that he will not give in easily.
The elections highlighted the problem of disinformation more than usual, but it remains a major problem for social platforms to address.
Twitter says it is trying to remove disinformation by not allowing classified Tweets to appear in searches or users’ timelines.
The Twitter platform confirmed that the feature that was spotted by Engineer Wong was under development, but that it did not have a timeframe for its launch.
A Twitter spokesperson said: Our goal is to give people the context and tools to find reliable information about our service – regardless of the topic or where they view the Tweet.
He added: We continue to explore features and policies to help people on Twitter make informed decisions.