only the facts
February 20, 2020

Twitter is reportedly planning to make sure the world's most powerful people stick to the facts.

The social media platform is cooking up new methods of fighting misinformation on the site, including using brightly colored labels to point out "harmfully misleading" tweets sent by politicians and public officials, NBC News reports via a leaked demo of the project. Screenshots of the demo, which was running on a publicly available website, show a vibrant orange box placed beneath a tweet labeling it misleading.

Information that corrects the tweet follows the orange box, and Twitter says those fact-checks could come from verified journalists or perhaps independent users working through a "community reports" program. People who contribute to the program might earn points and badges if they "provide critical context to help people understand information they see," the demo reads.

Twitter confirmed to NBC News that this is one potential piece of its new policy on fighting misinformation, which will roll out March 5. Read more at NBC News. Kathryn Krawczyk

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