Social media platform Twitter has added fact-check labels to posts deemed to be misleading. It added labels saying, “Get the facts about [subject]” to posts from figures like President Donald Trump and Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao.
According to a Twitter spokesperson, the labels are “meant to make it easier for users to find additional context on a specific subject so they can make their own informed decisions about information they see on the site,” as reported by Fox Business.
“If we determine a Tweet contains misleading or disputed information that could lead to harm, we may add a label to the content to provide context,” Twitter also said in its Help Center.
This is @Twitter interfering in the election against @realDonaldTrump & @GOP – the 2005 headed by President Carter made this claim — Twitter puts warning label on a Trump tweet on mail-in ballots, despite experts backing up Trump's concernshttps://t.co/a7O4r50n2x
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) May 27, 2020
“For Tweets containing media determined to have been significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated, we may add a ‘Manipulated media’ label,” it added.
For misleading media, labels also contain links. These links lead users to a page about a certain subject that Twitter considers to be accurate. According to the spokesperson, these pages contain relevant and credible information about a given topic.
Twitter has recently apologized for mistakenly adding fact-check labels to tweets that were not factually inaccurate.
“In the last few weeks, you may have seen Tweets with labels linking to additional info about COVID-19. Not all of those Tweets had potentially misleading content associating COVID-19 and 5G. We apologize for any confusion and we’re working to improve our labeling process,” the site tweeted.
Twitter also hopes to “improve this process to be more precise” by showing “fewer labels on unrelated Tweets.”