Twitter Is Adding A New 'Label' Feature To Curb The Spread Of Fake News
This new feature will label users as author, mentioned, and following.
Twitter is testing a new feature that will help curb the spread of fake news. The social media platform is testing out a new addition to their feature line up called ‘Labels’, which will categorise tweets according to its origin or source. Twitter confirmed the testing of this new feature through a tweet on the social media platform.
We want it to be easy to follow and join conversations on Twitter. We’re testing out labels on replies: author, mentioned, and following. If you see them, let us know what you think! pic.twitter.com/L228sMbh75— Twitter (@Twitter) April 4, 2019
This feature will be seen in replies of a tweet as ‘author, mentioned, and following’. If a user posts a tweet, mentioning another user in it, the original tweeter will be labeled as the author of the tweet. If the mentioned person tweets a reply, he/she will be marked as 'mentioned' in the Tweet. If a third person, who is a follower of the author, replies to the tweet, the person will be marked as 'follower'.
But, it’s not clear as yet on what label will be given to those who are neither mentioned in the tweet, nor following the author.
The new feature by Twitter will help track down the source of a tweet in a thread or series of tweets. This feature is going to be useful as it will stop people from being mislead and confused by parody or fake accounts that resemble the original tweeter. Now that the author will be labeled in the tweet, other parody accounts with similar profile pictures and a slightly tweaked profile name will be labeled as a 'follower'. And the tweets by parody/fake accounts can easily be distinguished by using this new feature.
Now that Twitter has taken this rather impressive step, it will go a truly long way in curbing the spread of fake and misleading news.