Is it THE END of Rumor-Mongers?

Despite the fact that technology has been a hugely beneficial part of our lives, our relationship with it remains complex to this day. Many of its by-products, regardless of how groundbreaking they were at the time, have been met with strong resistance for one reason or the other. If this show of resistance achieves anything, it is dropping a reminder of technology’s shortcomings. Granted, the positive impact it has made on our lives goes well beyond what we initially expected out of it, but that cannot take away the price we paid for such a luxury. For instance, the introduction of social media might have created a more connected world, but that has come exclusively on the expense of our privacy. This particular issue has been the sticking point whenever there is any talk about social media platforms. Companies like Facebook have even found themselves in legal battles over the accusation of privacy violations, thus further damaging the user’s trust. Another concern that has plagued the reputation of these social media platforms has been misinformation. A lot of times we see certain information on these platforms, and without having any means to verify it, we end up believing it. This simple drawback has caused severe problems. Nevertheless, we might be about to witness a massive change in this regard, a change if executed properly, could potentially rework our longstanding perception of these platforms.

Twitter, the popular micro-blogging platform, has recently tested its latest feature which allows the user to report misleading tweets. The roll-out of this feature during the preliminary tests has been limited, making U.S., South Korea, and Australia the only ones to get a whiff of it. One thing worth noting here is that even though it’s certainly a step in the right direction, the feature might not work the way you would ideally expect it to work. There still remains a lack of direct action that should take place in the correlation to an individual complaint. The company expanded upon this point in their statement:

“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,” Twitter said.

Nevertheless, this move by Twitter comes at an important time. Over the last year, the scale of misinformation circulation has gone up, with anti-vaccine campaigns being its biggest product. Now that Twitter has got the ball rolling, we can expect other similar platforms to follow suit soon.



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