Twitter launches tool to combat fake news in Brazil

Deepak Gupta January 18, 2022
Updated 2022/01/18 at 4:18 PM

Last Monday (17th), the twitter announced the arrival of a tool that will allow Brazilian users to report posts with fake news on the platform. The launch of the feature comes after the social network faced pressure from the community to implement the service that promises to help with information about the 2022 elections in Brazil.

The pressure from the community came along with the request of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), which demanded a channel to combat disinformation on Twitter.

Now, in addition to Brazil, Spain and the Philippines (which will also have elections this year) are part of the group of countries that have the tool. Before that, in August last year, users in the United States, South Korea and Australia were granted the function.

Through its own social network, the page Secure Twitter pointed out that the feature is still in the testing phase, being released to some users and that according to feedback, it will be expanded to others.

testing period

At the official announcement, Twitter revealed: “The vast majority of content on which we take action under our COVID-19 Misinformation, Civic Integrity, Synthetic and Manipulated Media policies is proactively detected by us. More than 50% of the content that violates our rules is identified by automated systems, and most of the rest is identified from ongoing monitoring by our internal teams or our work with trusted external partners.”

Twitter said that since the launch of the test, about 3.73 million complaints referring to 1.95 million different publications made by 64 thousand different accounts. Thus, most of the reported content is related to fake news involving the COVID-19, lies involving civic integrity and manipulated media (edited and false images).

“We found that these reports represent a useful but complex source of information about potential violations of our rules. Less than 10% of the sample of Tweets analyzed by our teams were policy violations. Just to give you an idea, this portion is in an average of 20% to 30% in cases of Tweets reported for abuse and security. The low proportion of violations among disinformation reports is mainly driven by the high volume of reports received about Tweets whose matters are not related to the ones we act in accordance with our policies”, concluded the company.

The social network hopes that the reporting tool will be useful and help the team to separate the fake news from the real in real time, along with the help of its users. Twitter still wants to expand the tool globally this year.


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