Twitter announded this week that it is preparing to test a new feature that will allow users to report any Covid misinformation that they come across on the platform.
While users can already flag content they deem inappropriate this new feature will allow them to be very specific about the type of misinformation they are reporting.
Users will be prompted to select whether the ‘misinformation’ is, amongst other options, political including content related to elections, or health-related which includes covid-19
Zero Hedge reports: All of this information will help twitter’s algorithms justify its removal from the platform more expeditiously, saving more readers from being exposed to harmful information that might lead them to question the official narrative.
According to the Verge, which got the scoop from Twitter, the new feature will be available starting Tuesday for most users in the US, Australia, and South Korea. Twitter said it expects to test-run it for a few months before deciding to roll it out to “additional markets.”
Twitter insists reports will all be “reviewed” by a human, but in the past social media companies haven’t followed through on promises to review material before banning it, citing the imperative of acting quickly. If something gets enough complaints, or a call-out from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is struggling to combat “misinformation” raised by Sen. Rand Paul about the NIH’s financing of illegal gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of virology, we suspect it will quickly be removed. As the Verge also points out, even the Surgeon General’s office has gotten in on the Biden Administrations’ push advertising.
Twitter says whatever data it gleans from the test run will be used to calibrate its algorithms over the next few weeks. The project will particularly focus on tweets that have the potential to go viral.
The Verge article also mentions the White House has been ramping up its campaign to pressure Big Tech to COVID censor “misinformation” now that the delta variant has arrived. President Biden even went so far as to accuse Facebook of “killing people” by helping to spread misinformation, before White House press secretary walked back the comment after it provoked an uproar from the press (which depends on Facebook for clicks ie money). Oddly, most of this harmful speech focuses on the origins of the virus, not its impact or spread so how it’s to the demise of anyone isn’t exactly clear.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar has even proposed legislation to threaten Big Tech with the removal of its Section 203 protections if it doesn’t make good on the Democrats’ censorship Demands.
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