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Twitter tests a feature that labels incorrect information and fake news as “Harmfully misleading”

Twitter tests a new feature that labels false information and fake news as “Harmfully Misleading” by placing orange badges under the tweet

  • Orange and red badges would be placed under the tweet with incorrect information
  • Fact checkers and verified journalists add the correct information
  • The feature could be live from March 5, well before the 2020 elections

Twitter is testing a new feature to combat misinformation and fake news on its platform prior to the 2020 presidential election.

Orange and red badges appear among messages shared by politicians and public figures who are considered “Harmfully Misleading,” according to NBC.

Fact-checkers and journalists who are verified on Twitter must provide the correct information that is placed under the badge.

Twitter also allows users to participate in community reports, with which the public can determine whether the post with a badge is likely or unlikely to be harmful.

Orange and red badges appear among messages shared by politicians and public figures who are considered “maliciously misleading,” such as this tweet shared by bout whistleblowers by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

In 2018, it was determined that 80 percent of the accounts used to spread false information during the 2016 presidential campaign were still active and still published more than a million tweets just weeks before the US mid-term elections.

The rollout of the new badges, however, seems to strike before the potential candidates start recruiting for the 2020 elections.

Twitter confirmed the leaked demo for NBC and said it could be rolled out as a live feature on March 5.

“We are investigating a number of ways to tackle misinformation and provide more context for tweets on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “Misinformation is a critical issue and we will test many different ways to address it.”

Fact-checkers (green shields) and journalists (blue check mark) verified on Twitter are responsible for providing the correct information, which is placed under the badge

Fact-checkers (green shields) and journalists (blue check mark) verified on Twitter are responsible for providing the correct information, which is placed under the badge

Twitter confirmed the leaked demo for NBC and said it could be rolled out as a live feature on March 5

Twitter confirmed the leaked demo for NBC and said it could be rolled out as a live feature on March 5

Fact-checkers and journalists who are verified on Twitter must provide the correct information that is placed under the badge. Twitter confirmed the leaked demo for NBC and said it could be rolled out as a live feature on March 5

The demo shows the red and orange badges on three tweets that turned out to be fake news.

The tweets are about whistleblowers by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a tweet about gun background checks by senator Bernie Sanders and a tweet by an unverified Twitter account that publishes a promoted video of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Twitter also asks the public for help in identifying incorrect information with its new ‘Community Reports’.

Twitter also asks the public for help in identifying incorrect information with its new 'Community Reports'.

Twitter also asks the public for help in identifying incorrect information with its new 'Community Reports'.

The feature presents users with a survey asking them to assess how likely or unlikely the message in question is misleading. Next, users are asked to judge how likely it is that other community members respond in the same way - on a scale from zero to 100

The feature presents users with a survey asking them to assess how likely or unlikely the message in question is misleading. Users are then asked to judge how likely it is that other community members respond in the same way - on a scale from zero to 100

Twitter also asks the public for help in identifying incorrect information with its new ‘Community Reports’. The feature presents users with a survey asking them to assess how likely or unlikely the message in question is misleading. Users are then asked to judge how likely it is that other community members respond in the same way – on a scale from zero to 100

The feature presents users with a survey asking them to assess how likely or unlikely the message in question is misleading.

Next, users are asked to judge how likely it is that other community members respond in the same way – on a scale from zero to 100.

The last question in the survey lets the participant explain why he thinks the tweet contains harmful or misleading material.

The rollout of the new badges on Twitter seems to strike before the potential candidates start recruiting for the 2020 elections

The rollout of the new badges on Twitter seems to strike before the potential candidates start recruiting for the 2020 elections

The rollout of the new badges on Twitter seems to strike before the potential candidates start recruiting for the 2020 elections

Users earn ‘points’ and a ‘community badge’ if they ‘contribute in good faith and act like a good neighbor’ and ‘provide a critical context to help people understand the information they see.’

“Together we act to help each other understand what is happening in the world and we protect each other from those who would drive us apart,” the demo reads.

Twitter explained to NBC that this feature is one of the few others that could go live in the coming weeks.

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