Fake news spreads like wildfire these days, and Twitter appears to be developing solutions to combat the problem on its platform. It is working on three sorts of labels that will be shown next to a tweet and will tell the user of the tweet’s authenticity.
These labels are still a work-in-progress, according to reverse engineer specialist Jane Manchun Wong, who uploaded screenshots of the three new labels. There is no indication on when they will go live on Twitter. Twitter will have to analyse a large dataset to figure out which tweets go under which categorization.
The “Get the Latest” label, out of the three, will provide the most up-to-date information on the topic in the tweet. The “Stay Informed” section will provide further information on the idea described in the tweet. Finally, the label “Misleading” informs the reader that the tweet may include factual errors.
In related news, the Indian government put the social media business on notice after it labelled one of the ruling BJP leader’s tweets as ‘Manipulated Media.’ The Delhi Police have made a visit to its Indian office as a result of this.
The corporation is also collaborating with the government to ensure that it is compliant with the new IT regulations. According to a Twitter spokesperson’s official statement, “As previously indicated, Twitter attempts to follow all relevant laws in India. We continue to be governed by values of openness, a dedication to enabling every voice on the service, and a dedication to upholding Indian law’s protections for freedom of expression and privacy “..