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Twitter will mark misinformation about the war in Ukraine

20.05.2022, 15:30
Sarah Tew/CNET
Sarah Tew/CNET

Twitter will mark obviously false information about the war in Ukraine, as well as limit the spread of information that may be false.

The company introduced such changes on May 19 as part of a new "Crisis Misinformation Policy," according to Voice of America.

The policy is designed to "to help protect the conversation on Twitter, starting with a focus on the Russian invasion of Ukraine," said Yoel Roth, Head of Safety & Integrity.

"Especially during moments of crisis, misleading claims can go viral while the truth is still asleep," Roth's post says. "To help address these dynamics, we won’t amplify or recommend potentially misleading content about crises, as soon as we find credible evidence a claim may be misleading."

The likes, replies, and shares will be disabled for tweets that violate the new rules. Such restrictions may reduce the spread of messages by 30-50%, according to the company official.

Both sides of the war "have distributed information that could be untrue and misleading," Roth told the reporters. He explained that the policy would apply equally to both sides of the conflict.

Deputy Chairman of the State Special Service of Ukraine Viktor Zhora welcomed the new rules of the social media and said that the international community should "find appropriate ways to prevent the spread of false information on social media," according to the AP.

After the start of russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, social media platforms have imposed restrictions on the spread of information. In particular, Twitter has restricted the spread of information from more than 300 accounts of russian officials, including president vladimir putin.

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