A leaked Twitter demo showed that the platform is considering labeling tweets from politicians and other public figures if the tweets contain lies or incorrect information, NBC News reports. “Maliciously misleading” tweets would have red or orange labels and corrected information from fact checkers, journalists and other users in “one possible iteration” of a Wikipedia-like anti-information effort to unveil Twitter to March 5 to NBC News .
The project is at a very early stage with Twitter, but a Twitter spokesperson says in an email The edge that the labeling system is “a design option for one option that would include feedback from the community. Wrong information is a critical issue and we will test many different ways to address it.”
The leaked demo showed a tweet from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) who had it incorrect information about whistleblowers and one from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with a incorrect figure about background checks about arms sales, NBC News reports, as well as a tweet with false information about the corona virus. However, it is not clear how Twitter would determine which tweets would be flagged with the new labels.
One version of the leaked demo – which the company emphasized at NBC News was just one of many options – would allow Twitter users / moderators to earn points or “community badges” if they “contribute in good faith and act like a good leader. ” How it would choose which users would become moderators and what kind of moderators would have is unclear, but “the more points you earn, the more your vote counts,” according to the demo. ‘Community’ members are asked to rate a tweet as ‘likely’ or ‘unlikely’ as ‘harmfully misleading’; to predict how many other community members would give the same answer with a sliding scale of 1 to 100; and to explain why they think the tweet should be flagged.
Earlier this month, Twitter announced the March 5 rollout of its new one “Manipulated Media” Policy including a ban on fabricated photos, videos and media on the platform that is ‘misleadingly shared’ and may involve security risks. Media that has been fraudulently edited or otherwise altered in a way that would alter its meaning would be labeled as fake, the company said.
Twitter has introduced other tools in an effort to help users find out which information on its platform is incorrect. In May, it announced a tool that could suppress anti-vaccination information by redirecting users to vaccines.org, a site of the Health and Human Services department. And last week Twitter announced it extended its being election integrity policy, which prohibits users from sharing “false or misleading information about how to participate in an election or other social event” by redirecting users to Census.gov when they search for certain keywords that are linked to the US Census 2020.