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Twitter Adds New Prompts to Alert Users Before Sharing Any Tweet Flagged for Misinformation

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Twitter has added another warning prompt to slow the spread of misinformation, this time alerting users when they go to share a tweet which has been flagged under the platform’s rules against misinformation.

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As you can see here, the prompt will alert the user looking to retweet or quote tweet that the claim included in the original message is in dispute, and link them through to more information.

As explained by Twitter:

Our work to limit the spread of misleading information goes beyond elections. Starting today, before you Retweet or Quote Tweet any labeled Tweet that breaks our misleading information rules, you’ll see a prompt.”

The added friction in the tweet process could help to slow people from amplifying false claims – Twitter has also added similar for tweets where the re-tweeter hasn’t opened the attached article, while it’s also removed the straight retweet option entirely for US users in the lead up to the US election.

Twitter election update

You can still re-tweet by not entering anything into the ‘Quote Tweet’ composer window, but the idea is that by prompting users to add their own thoughts – or at the least, think about why they’re re-tweeting a message – it could reduce blind amplification of messages, and provide more nuance in debate.

And Twitter has already seen results from these new prompts. The platform recently reported that users are opening articles 40% more often when shown its new ‘read before retweeting’ message.

This latest update, as Twitter notes, will apply to all tweets tagged as containing misleading information, and that small bit of pushback could definitely make more people think twice about re-distributing such messages.

Of course, many of the issues identified with Twitter amplifcation of such content in the past have related to the use of bots, with some reports suggesting that swarms of bot armies are used to amplify certain political messages, and influence the subsequent conversation.  

Twitter’s tackling this element as well, and in combination, these measures should reduce the influence of re-sharing of questionable claims in tweets, in all contexts, moving forward. 

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‘Stop the hate’ online, UN chief pleads on Holocaust Day

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A person visits the Holocaust Memorial, in Berlin, Germany on January 27, 2023, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A person visits the Holocaust Memorial, in Berlin, Germany on January 27, 2023, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Copyright AFP Michal Cizek

The UN secretary-general warned of social media’s role in spreading violent extremism around the globe as he marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, urging policy makers to help stop online hate.

Antonio Guterres said parts of the internet were turning into “toxic waste dumps for hate and vicious lies” that were driving “extremism from the margins to the mainstream.”

“Today, I am issuing an urgent appeal to everyone with influence across the information ecosystem,” Guterres said at a commemoration ceremony at the United Nations. “Stop the hate. Set up guardrails. And enforce them.”

He accused social media platforms and advertisers of profiting off the spread of hateful content.

“By using algorithms that amplify hate to keep users glued to their screens, social media platforms are complicit,” added Guterres. “And so are the advertisers subsidizing this business model.”

Guterres drew parallels with the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany, when people didn’t pay attention or protest.

“Today, we can hear echoes of those same siren songs to hate. From an economic crisis that is breeding discontent to populist demagogues using the crisis to seduce voters to runaway misinformation, paranoid conspiracy theories and unchecked hate speech.”

He lamented the rise of anti-Semitism, which he said also reflects a rise of all kinds of hate.

“And what is true for anti-Semitism is true for other forms of hate. Racism. Anti-Muslim bigotry. Xenophobia. Homophobia. Misogyny”

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What happened when six doctors swallowed Lego heads for science, and the results of Santa’s DNA test. Plus, is Dolly Parton really recording an album with Slipknot?

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The Most Visited Websites in the World – 2023 Edition [Infographic]

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The Most Visited Websites in the World - 2023 Edition [Infographic]

Google remains the most-visited website in the world, while Facebook is still the most frequented social platform, based on web traffic. Well, actually, YouTube is, but YouTube’s only a partial social app, right?

The findings are displayed in this new visualization from Visual Capitalist, which uses SimilarWeb data to show the most visited websites in bubble chart format, highlighting the variance in traffic.

As you can see, following Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the next most visited social platforms, which is likely in line with what most would expect – though the low numbers for TikTok probably stand out, given its dominance of modern media zeitgeist.

But there is a reason for that – this data is based on website visits, not app usage, so platforms like TikTok and Snapchat, which are primarily focused on the in-app experience, won’t fare as well in this particular overview.

In that sense, it’s interesting to see which social platforms are engaging audiences via their desktop offerings.

You can check out the full overview below, and you can read Visual Capitalist’s full explainer here.

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