Twitter Works With News Sites To Combat Disinformation


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Twitter will work with two of the largest news organizations, Reuters and the Associated Press, to counteract misleading information or Twitter false news.  

In order to counteract the spread of misleading information, the news agencies will help Twitter to demonstrate the picture precisely by giving more context and background information about the event. 

Twitter hopes the positive outcomes of partnership with news agencies and prevent the spread of Twitter false news. There has been renewed pressure to remove false content from the platform. 

Twitter said this partnership will bring accuracy and credibility to the information quickly “when facts are in dispute”. 

“Rather than waiting until something goes viral, Twitter will contextualize developing discourse at pace with or in anticipation of the public conversation,” Twitter said.

Currently, when significant or controversial conversations gain momentum on Twitter, Twitter’s Curation team uses reliable sources and promotes relevant context in order to counteract the spread of twitter false news posted by users. 

In a blog post, Twitter said the new program would “increase the scale and speed” of this work by increasing their “capacity to add reliable context to conversations happening on Twitter”.

The post said Reuters and AP news material would bring improvement in the quality of information on the platform when Twitter’s Curation team “doesn’t have the specific expertise or access to a high enough volume of reputable reporting on Twitter”.

This is the first time Twitter will formally work with new agencies and promote accurate information on its messaging sites, according to a spokesperson from the social media firm.

Hazel Baker, head of user-generated content newsgathering at Reuters, said that trust, accuracy, and impartiality were at the “heart of what Reuters does every day,” and “drive” the company’s “commitment to stopping the spread of misinformation”.

Tom Januszewski, the AP’s vice president of global business development, said in a statement that the news company had a “long history of working closely with Twitter, along with other platforms, to expand the reach of factual journalism”.

In addition to this, Twitter added that this task would be independent of the work done by its Trust & Safety teams to determine the Tweets if they violated the Twitter rules. These teams are supposed to label the tweets which contain manipulated media, electoral misinformation, and sensitive media that violates the platform’s rules.

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James Robert is a journalist who covers all the social media and tech-related news for SG-educate, the world's largest multimedia news agency. He reports on tech from all over the world, focusing mostly on social media platforms. He has worked as a digital editor and online coverage of global breaking news on tech and big stories, reaching millions of readers across multiple platforms.

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