Twitter includes Spain in an experiment to detect misleading tweets | science and technology

The new security feature has also been extended to Brazil and the Philippines.Monika Skolimowska (dpa-Zentralbi)

Starting Monday, more Twitter users can report tweets they consider misleading. The social media company, which began testing the new security feature in August in the United States, South Korea and Australia, has decided to expand it to Spain, Brazil and the Philippines to test. the tool in markets where the primary language is not English.

In the six months since the feature became available, Twitter has “received approximately three million reports from you, flagging Tweets that violate our policies and helping us understand emerging misinformation trends.”

Until now, selecting the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner of a tweet allowed users to report a post that contained abusive or harmful content, spam, or expressed suicidal intentions, among other things. This tool helps the company detect posts that violate Twitter rules.

With the new feature, users in Spain can now also flag a tweet as misleading. Twitter will ask the user what type of information is involved – whether it’s politics, health or something else. Once the report is complete, the user can mute or block the user who posted the message.

Twitter believes political and health-related information is more likely to be the target of misleading information. In recent years, fake news has grown exponentially during election campaigns, and since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in early 2020, there has been a similar explosion of misinformation about the virus and about vaccines.

Twitter now wants to speed up its detection of misleading information by encouraging users to actively participate in the effort, as well as the algorithms and automated tools that scan posts for inappropriate content.

The company hopes that the combined detection of misleading content and narratives will help create Related Moments – curated stories showcasing current trending issues, and which in this case could help provide insight into popular pranks. This is another tool that has been deployed recently to combat misinformation on social media.