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Twitter adds warnings to misleading reports about war in Ukraine

Once Twitter determines that a message is false, the platform will also take care not to automatically speed up its spread. (Photo: 123RF)

Social networking site Twitter announced on Thursday that it would be posting warnings regarding some apparently misleading reports about the war in Ukraine as part of a new disinformation policy during a crisis.

To read tweets that are considered problematic, you will first need to click on a message stating that spreading false or misleading information can have detrimental effects on people’s real lives, Yoel Roth, an official in charge of honesty issues on the platform, explained in his post. .

Warnings will be added to tweets that are more visible or from accounts such as media outlets associated with governments or government organizations.

In addition, it will not be possible to “like”, retweet or share problematic messages.

Once Twitter determines that a message is false, the platform will also take care not to automatically speed up its spread.

According to Yoel Roth, the goal is to “promote credible and authoritative information” and ensure that “viral disinformation is not amplified or recommended” by Twitter’s algorithms.

This new policy will guide the group’s efforts in the event of armed conflict, health emergencies or major natural disasters, starting with the war in Ukraine.

“In order to determine if the claims are misleading, we need to check several credible and publicly available sources, including evidence from conflict monitoring groups, humanitarian organizations, online investigators, journalists, etc.,” Yoel detailed. Mouth.

Twitter plans to target, for example, tweets that misrepresent a situation based on conflict or make false claims about the use of force, war crimes, or humanitarian aid.

The California group has already taken action to try to curb the spread of official Russian propaganda on the social media platform, for example by blocking the accounts of Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik in the European Union or no longer “recommending” the accounts. government users.

This new policy is announced at a time when the social network is about to be bought by Elon Musk, who said he wants to bolster freedom of expression on the platform by restricting content moderation.

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