Breaking News
Get Actionable Insights with InvestingPro+: Start 7 Day FREE Trial Register here
Investing Pro 0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

Twitter to tackle Ukraine conflict misinformation with warning labels

Stock Markets May 20, 2022 12:05AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Twitter logo is seen outside the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., April 25, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

By Sheila Dang and Elizabeth Culliford

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) will begin placing warning notices in front of some misleading content regarding the conflict in Ukraine and limit the spread of claims debunked by humanitarian groups or other credible sources, the social media company said on Thursday.

The step-up against misinformation around Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special military operation," is part of a new policy that outlines how Twitter will approach misinformation during crises.

Social media platforms have faced increasing scrutiny over how they determine and handle misinformation. Twitter has agreed to sell itself to Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Chief Executive Elon Musk, who has said he believes the site should be a platform of free speech.

The new warning notices will alert users that a tweet has violated Twitter's rules, but still allow people to view and comment. The platform will not amplify or recommend such tweets and retweeting will also be disabled.

The approach could be "a more effective way to intervene to prevent harm, while still preserving and protecting speech on Twitter," said Yoel Roth, head of safety and integrity at Twitter, during a call with reporters.

The company will prioritize adding labels to misleading tweets from high-profile accounts such as verified users or official government profiles. It will also prioritize content that could cause harm to people on the ground.

Twitter said it defines crises as situations where there is a widespread threat to life, physical safety, health or basic subsistence. It said the policy would initially focus on international armed conflicts but is also intended for events like mass shootings or natural disasters.

"While the timeline for this work began before the war in Ukraine broke out, the need for this policy came into even clearer focus as the conflict in Ukraine unfolded," said Roth.

Twitter to tackle Ukraine conflict misinformation with warning labels
 

Related Articles

Brazil's BRF posts Q2 net loss of $91.86 million
Brazil's BRF posts Q2 net loss of $91.86 million By Reuters - Aug 10, 2022

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian pork and poultry processor BRF SA (NYSE:BRFS) on Wednesday reported net loss of 468 million real ($91.86 million), wider than forecast by analysts,...

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with other users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:  

  •            Enrich the conversation, don’t trash it.

  •           Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed. 

  •           Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically. Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user. Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases. Comments that are written in all caps and contain excessive use of symbols will be removed.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and comments containing links will be removed. Phone numbers, email addresses, links to personal or business websites, Skype/Telegram/WhatsApp etc. addresses (including links to groups) will also be removed; self-promotional material or business-related solicitations or PR (ie, contact me for signals/advice etc.), and/or any other comment that contains personal contact specifcs or advertising will be removed as well. In addition, any of the above-mentioned violations may result in suspension of your account.
  • Doxxing. We do not allow any sharing of private or personal contact or other information about any individual or organization. This will result in immediate suspension of the commentor and his or her account.
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also strongly believe in giving everyone a chance to air their point of view. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (3)
Options Trader
Options Trader May 20, 2022 12:13AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Twitter will be next to MySpace soon.
Ahmet Ozyaman
Ahmet Ozyaman May 19, 2022 1:11PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
twitter is going south, and *******fast too
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour May 19, 2022 12:43PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Who is credible? The Organization being 'quoted'? The organization doing the 'quoting'? The individual making the 'quotable' statement? The individual gathering the 'quotable' statement? I could go on but anyone who thinks this through could figure it out. I am sure you all have played the game where you get in a big circle and one if you whispers something in the ear of person next to you. That person whispers it to the next person and so on. What comes back to the original individual is nothing like what they spoke first. Why? Ask yourself all the reasons this could happen and then apply those reasons to the chain of information you receive from 'credible' sources. The best liars are the most credible.
First Last
First Last May 19, 2022 12:43PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
STEM is credible.  It's responsible for our posts appearing on our screens.  The other side of the coin/question is how willing are some people to believe that which is NOT credible?  E.g., Trump was a known liar & d-bag for years in NYC before 2016, yet on the national stage he got close to 1/2 the popular votes.
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour May 19, 2022 12:43PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Credibility is a form of power. Who was it said: 'Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely'. They were and still are viewed as one of the most credible people to ever live. Notice. Unlike the statement made by Nancy Pelosi, where she quoted this credible individual and in the same breath called him a liar, this statement does not say 'corrupts some'. It states 'corrupts'. No equivocation. Now here is a question. Does this mean this individual was also corrupt? Since they made their living with words, does it also mean they were a liar? Oh no, that would mean they were not credible. What a conundrum!
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email