Twitter and other social media platforms almost never fact-check leftist websites or mainstream media news sources that offer commentary on the stories. Having said that, conservative/right-leaning political blogs tend to draw criticism.
In preparation for the upcoming midterm elections in 2022, Twitter has unveiled a strategy they claim would boost election integrity and assist fight false information. “We seek to encourage healthy civic conversation on Twitter, while ensuring users have the context they need to make educated judgments about information they encounter,” the firm wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
The business said that it will start strictly enforcing its civic integrity policy today. With this policy, we hope to fight false claims and misinformation concerning voting rights and election outcomes.
Claims regarding how to take part in civic activities like voting, deceptive material aimed at intimidating or discouraging people from voting, and deceptive claims aimed at undermining public trust in elections, including erroneous predictions about the results.
These tweets may be marked with tabs to alert users that the post might contain incorrect information. As a result, some posts on the site won’t be able to be liked or shared.
Prebunks, a feature that the website first introduced during the 2020 election, will be brought back to help preemptively refute false material.
When users browse at specific topics, informational banners will appear in their timeline and search bar, giving them data and details about trending subjects. These actions are described by Twitter as essential instruments “to get ahead of erroneous narratives.”
To combat bogus accounts, the website will keep labeling applicants on their personal page. They also want to enhance the system that determines which tweets should be recommended to you when you receive notifications. Earlier this year, Twitter tested the effectiveness of deceptive Tweets and reported the results in a blog post.
We experimented with strategies to stop false Tweets from being promoted through alerts earlier this year in the US and Brazil. As a direct result of the trial, early findings indicate that erroneous information impressions decreased by 1.6 million each month.
Users were cautioned against using misleading images in the post’s conclusion. An infographic with a five step approach for consumers to validate images they find on a website was attached.