Twitter Now Warns Users Before They Like Tweets Labeled As Containing Misinformation

Expanding on an existing feature that shows users a warning when they try to ReTweet content the social media company has flagged as containing “misleading information”. Twitter will now show users more or less the same warning when they try to Like Tweets with a misinformation label.

“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.” Reads the Tweet the company shared announcing the change.

Twitter first started flagging Tweets as misleading during the U.S. Presidential elections this year. The company says it labeled about 300,000 from October 27 to November 11.

Twitter has taken other measures to help slow the spread of misinformation, including adding warning popups when a user tries to Retweet an article they haven’t read, and pausing Tweets appearing in users timelines because someone they follow Liked a Tweet.

Users can still ReTweet, Quote Tweet, and Like labeled Tweets, but a warning prompt will display before those actions can be taken.

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