Twitter has started issuing warning to users who have tried to like retweet a labeled tweet. The micro-blogging site has started adding a label to tweets that they consider to contain misleading information. This new feature will add a label to tweets that contain misleading information. This new feature will be rolling out to iOS and Android users in the upcoming weeks.
Announcing this new feature, Twitter posted from its official account, “Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital. These prompts helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29% so we’re expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet.”
Hence, when you to attempt to like or retweet a message, you will get a pop-up message from Twitter claiming the post is “disputed”. It will, however, not stop you, but instead proceed to warn you. Despite this message, if you want to still go ahead and like or retweet the labeled tweet, you can still do it.
Twitter believes that if they warn users before they like or retweet a conflicted post, it will slow down the reach of the labelled post. Also, it will reduce the likes on this post as well.
Leading up to the presidential elections in the United States, Twitter had started labeling most of President Donald Trump’s tweets. Even during the counting process, Trump had declared that he had won the Presidential elections. This tweet along with several other tweets by Trump were labeled by the micro-blogging site.
“We recognize that sometimes it may be in the public interest to allow people to view Tweets that would otherwise be taken down. We consider content to be in the public interest if it directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern,” Twitter policies state.