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Twitter's test on reporting misleading content expands to more countries

Twitter logo on a Pixel 4 XL
Twitter logo on a Pixel 4 XL (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Twitter has expanded its test feature for flagging misleading tweets.
  • The experimental capability is being rolled out to Brazil, Spain and the Philippines.
  • The test kicked off in August of last year to explore ways to identify and remove misinformation on its platform.

Over the last few years, Twitter has launched several initiatives to combat misinformation on its platform, including a crowd-sourced content moderation tool called Birdwatch and a labeling system to remove false COVID-19 tweets. The service is currently experimenting with a new method of removing misleading content from the site.

Twitter has announced the expansion of a test feature that allows users to report content that they believe is misleading. The experiment began in August of last year in the United States, South Korea, and Australia. After tapping the report tweet button, participants would be able to flag a tweet as misleading.

The feature is now launching in the Philippines, Brazil and Spain across various platforms, including the best Android phones. This seems to suggest that Twitter's initial phase of experiment was a success, although it did not really take action on every report it received since the test began.

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That said, the social networking service said some 3 million reports came in since last year, "calling out tweets that violate our policies and helping us understand new misinformation trends." The real goal of the test was to determine how to "improve the speed and scale" of Twitter's broader efforts against misinformation.

Twitter isn't alone on that front. Facebook started testing an informed sharing method last year, prompting users to read an article before sharing it. Google also updated its monetization policy on advertisers and creators to block content that promotes false claims about climate change.

The latest expansion is by no means a guarantee that the spread of misleading content on Twitter will be significantly reduced, but it does allow a wider group of users to contribute to that effort.

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he's not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.

4 Comments
  • Ah the cries of the stupid and gullible wanting any voice or opinion that does not follow the group think to be silenced.
    Censorship only leads to more mistrust, questions, and speculation.
    Instead of removing content you think is "misinformation" how about disproving it with real facts.
    These social media companies have already more than proven their "fact checkers" are little more than censors of any voice they dont like. They dont actually remove things that are harmful, they just remove things their overlords dont like.
  • 100% nail on the head
  • And they never correct themselves or apologize to those they have banned when their "fact checking" ends up being proven false.
  • Absolutely correct. Disgraceful.