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This article was published on November 24, 2020

Twitter now warns you before liking a tweet labeled for misinformation

Twitter now warns you before liking a tweet labeled for misinformation
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The US election may be all but over, but social media networks are still trying to fight rampant misinformation spreading on their platforms. Twitter today revealed that it will warn users if they try to so much as like a tweet that contains information believed to be misleading.

Previously, the company had applied such labels when users try to retweet disputed information or, say, an article they haven’t actually read. These moves were effective in reducing the spread of misleading information by 29%, according to Twitter, so it’s clear the labels do make a difference.

The company is now simply taking it a step further by warning you when you like tweets with misinformation too. While the move is not likely to have quite the same impact as preventing retweets of potentially false information, it’s not uncommon to see such tweets with thousands of likes.

These arguably have the effect of adding a sense of validity to a tweet, even if they have a prominent misinformation label. Reducing the number of likes handed out by people not thinking critically about potential misinformation could very well be a good thing.

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