Reports suggest that Twitter is developing a means for users to flag fake news and misleading information across the social network.
According to the Washington Post, the feature is the platform’s latest attempt to curb abuse, and could take the form of a button attached to tweets.
Aside from the masses of fake accounts and click farms plaguing the site, there are also extremists and terrorists using social media to spread their diatribe - not to mention the plain old trolls who have nothing better to do than incite hatred and misinformation.
Twitter itself has not confirmed the report, but sources wishing to remain anonymous suggest it could be on its way.
Earlier this month, however, the company announced that it is hiring new personnel and increasing resources. It’s also building ‘new tools’.
Of course, we may never see this vital tool released – the level of moderation it would require would be phenomenal – but it’s another sign that social networks are cracking down on their vile, unfiltered underbellies.
Facebook already has a feature similar to this. The network allows users to dispute dubious information by clicking a tab. Stories considered dubious enough are checked by third-party investigators.
Some, including Twitter exec Colin Crowell, believe that Twitter users ultimately correct factual inconsistencies themselves. “We, as a company, should not be the arbiter of truth,” he says.