Highlights

  • To determine whether a tweet is misleading, Twitter will require verification from credible, public sources
  • Change follows shortly on the heels of comments made by Elon Musk

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Twitter is rolling out a crisis misinformation policy to curb false tweets in times of crisis and reduce the spread of viral misleading tweets on the platform.

"To reduce potential harm, as soon as we have evidence that a claim may be misleading, we won’t amplify or recommend content that is covered by this policy across Twitter – including in the Home timeline, Search, and Explore," explained the company's blog post.

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To determine whether a tweet is misleading, Twitter will require verification from credible, public sources, including conflict monitoring groups, humanitarian organizations, open source investigators, journalists and more. If the platform finds that the tweet is misleading, it’ll slap a warning notice on the tweet, turn off likes, retweets and shares, and link to more details about the policy. These tweets will also stop surfacing on the home page, search or explore.

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The new policy follows Elon Musk alerting users on the platform "You are being manipulated by the algorithm in ways you don’t realize," wrote the billionaire on May 14.

Musk was referring to the ability to switch to latest tweets on your timeline vs seeing those that have been 'recommended' for you by Twitter's algorithm.

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