Having a platform both online and credible, providing reliable and up-to-date information is nothing if not remarkable. Having said that, a social media platform has been an easy way to materialize rumors and create a web of lies.
This is the reason that having any credible and reliable social media platform, in general, is impressive.
For example, let’s just assume that there is a national level or global issue, like the very recent pandemic. You wait for the news of what is going on out there while you are staying safe indoors and not be a part of the group which may be responsible for spreading the virus (consider the case of Covid-19).
So in this scenario, you are looking for a reliable source of information.
In real-time too!
Twitter’s new policy on Crisis Misinformation 2022 is making sure that the right news is identified while any false information is not allowed to go viral.
Why having one reliable source is crucial in times of need and uncertainty?
The Twitter management understands that news can get out of hand in times of crisis, political unrest, natural disaster, or any other large-scale effecting issue. Fear is quickly spread.
Twitter understands that “misleading information can undermine public trust and cause further harm to already vulnerable communities.”
What is the aim of this latest approach towards making the reliable information collected through authoritative figures be seen instead of fake viral information rotating causing panic and uncertainty?
The answer is very simple: Twitter wants to make sure that the masses see only the correct information and the wrong information stays hidden.
While creating the Crisis Misinformation Policy, Twitter defines a crisis as follows:
“situations in which there is a widespread threat to life, physical safety, health, or basic subsistence.”
How does Twitter know if a piece of information is true or false?
- Verify it from publicly available information sources.
- Verify it from various credible sources like humanitarian groups, journalists, verified accounts, and more.
Butterfly information is false, and Twitter is aware of it?
If the information is false and has been proved by consulting with different sauces, a warning notice will be issued.
What kind of Tweets may be included in the warning notice?
- False coverage or reporting
- Faulty information
- Incomplete information and more
What will the notice look like?
“This tweet violated the Twitter rules on sharing false information or misleading info that might bring harm to crisis-affected populations.”
For accountability purposes, Twitter does not delete the false tweet. Instead, the tweet remains there. The good thing is that the Twitter notice will be seen instead of the Tweet and if someone wants to see that, he or she will have to click on the view button.
To make things clear, a picture is attached below:
Currently, the Ukraine war and related information have become part of the crisis misinformation policy 2022 of Twitter. Later, Twitter has informed that information related to the countries like Afghanistan and India will be part of this policy as well.
- No more misleading tweets
- No more sharing of misinformation on Twitter
- Only verified information sharing
- Hidden fake tweets
Will it work?
Whether this new crisis misinformation policy works or not, time will tell, but Twitter is still modifying the policy, and further updates will be provided in the coming months.
This is a significant step that will help the world remain calm in uncertain times.
Hoping to see better updates in the future as well.