Twitter expands 'misleading content' flag to more countries

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Over three million tweets have been reported so far during the pilot. Photo credit: Getty Images

Twitter is extending a new feature which allows users to flag misleading content to more countries after a trial last year.

The social media giant launched the feature in August, 2021 as it tried to reduce misinformation on the micro-blogging platform.

"Today we're expanding this test feature to folks tweeting from Brazil, Spain, or the Philippines," the company said.

"Until now we've received around 3 million reports from you all, calling out tweets that violate our policies and helping us understand new misinformation trends."

The platform originally allowed some people in the US, South Korea and Australia to flag a tweet as "It's misleading" after clicking 'Report Tweet'.

"We're assessing if this is an effective approach so we're starting small," Twitter said at the time.

"We may not take action on, and cannot respond to each report in the experiment, but your input will help us identify trends so that we can improve the speed and scale of our broader misinformation work."

The company has been criticised for allowing the spread of misinformation in the past, but has since banned high-profile figures for misleading content on the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol in the US and for falsehoods about COVID-19.

Twitter also has a feature called Birdwatch to help combat wrong information on the platform in the US.

Birdwatch allows users to identify information they believe is misleading and write notes to provide more context.

That extra information is currently visible on a separate Birdwatch site while the company "gains confidence that it produces context people find helpful and appropriate".

Eventually Twitter says it hopes to make the notes visible directly on tweets when there is a consensus from a "broad and diverse set of contributors" that the content is misleading.

Neither Birdwatch nor the misleading content flag feature are currently available in Aotearoa.