Twitter categorizes more than 300,000 tweets as disinformation about the US election


More than a week after the election, Twitter provided some additional information about the effectiveness of its efforts to curb the spread of disinformation about the election. The network said that between October 27 and November 11, the company classified nearly 300,000 tweets for “contested and possibly misleading” content.

Perhaps this represented about 0.2 percent of all election-related posts during that period, according to the company, and of the 300,000 with the labels, a much smaller subset – 456 tweets – received stricter ratings that included a warning users had to click before they could. Who viewed the relevant tweet, and these tweets have also been banned from retweeting or liking them.

The company did not indicate the number of those tweets that came from Donald Trump, but dozens of his tweets have been placed on them since he first started tweeting on election night, and Twitter has noticed that most of his labels were applied quickly and that “ 74% of the people who saw those tweets saw them. After we have implemented a warning sign or message. “

Overall, these rankings led to a 29 percent decrease in quoted tweets, which Twitter says may be a sign of the success of its efforts to curb the spread of disinformation, however, the company has also acknowledged that other steps may not have the intended effect. For example, it appears that a change that removed algorithm recommendations from users’ timelines does not affect the misinformation. Twitter said it would return the feature.


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