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Twitter is trying out a 'report fake news' feature

By Ian Chee - on 30 Jun 2017, 10:36am

Twitter is trying out a 'report fake news' feature

According to The Washington Post, Twitter is working on a new tool to fight the spread of fake news online. The company has a feature testing going on that would allow users to flag tweets circulating false or injurious information. That said, it’s in the very early stages of testing, and may not even be something users can make use of.

Image source: The Washington Post.

In the same vein, Twitter is also reportedly trying to use machine learning to fight the spread of fake news, sweeping for tweets with spam-like patterns and inconsistencies.

Seeing that the initial report says the feature may not see the light of day, then there’s little left to be said. But if it does get see the light of day, or if the machine learning bit is successful, it would be interesting to see if tweets by irresponsible individuals be flagged as fake news.

Source: The Washington Post via Engadget.