Americans don’t trust social media companies to handle misinformation

[ad_1] Americans have trust issues, especially when it comes to information posted on social media. A poll out Tuesday from Gallup and the Knight Foundation confirmed these views after surveying about 1,500 American adults late last year and another group in March: About 80 percent don’t trust big tech companies like Facebook and Google to…

Automated fact-checking won’t stop the social media infodemic

[ad_1] The coronavirus pandemic, protests over police killings and systemic racism, and a contentious election have created the perfect storm for on social media.  But don’t expect AI to save us. Twitter’s recent decision to red-flag President Donald Trump’s false claims about mail-in ballots has reinvigorated the debate on whether social media platforms should fact-check…

Twitter tests a feature that calls you out for RTing without reading the article – TechCrunch

[ad_1] A new Twitter test feature aiming to “promote informed discussion” will nudge users to read before they retweet. The company describes the test as a step to help people be more aware of what they’re sharing in a broader effort to inspire “healthier conversations” on the platform. Sharing an article can spark conversation, so…

Twitter starts putting fact-checking labels on tweets about 5G and COVID-19 – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Conspiracy theories claiming a connection between 5G technology and the coronavirus have been around since the pandemic’s early days, and apparently they’re still going strong. So strong, in fact, that Twitter began applying a label to some tweets about COVID-19 and 5G, encouraging users to “get the facts” about the virus. As Business Insider…

Employees, civil rights groups blast Facebook inaction on Trump statements

[ad_1] Enlarge / Thousands of peaceful demonstrators holding banners gather in front of the White House for the fifth consecutive day to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis, on June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC, United States. As…

Twitter says new coronavirus misinformation rules will apply to Trump

[ad_1] Twitter is advancing one step further in the fight against coronavirus misinformation. Executives announced in a company blog Monday that Twitter would start affixing labels and warnings to tweets containing information about COVID-19 that goes against the advice and knowledge of public health experts. That will include tweets where the misinformation is contained in…

Platforms scramble as ‘Plandemic’ conspiracy video spreads misinformation like wildfire – TechCrunch

[ad_1] A coronavirus conspiracy video featuring a well-known vaccine conspiracist is spreading like wildfire on social media this week, even as platforms talk tough about misinformation in the midst of the pandemic. In the professionally-produced video, a solemn interviewer named Mikki Willis interviews Judy Mikovits, a figure best known for her anti-vaccine activism in recent…

Twitter updates misinformation rules again to fight 5G coronavirus truthers

[ad_1] On Wednesday Twitter added new details to their regularly-updated guidance on information safety during the coronavirus pandemic, with new rules aimed squarely at conspiracy theories about 5G and COVID-19. Broadening our guidance on unverified claims Unverified claims that incite people to action, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical infrastructure, or could…