New Twitter policy aims to crack down on Ukraine war misinformation

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Twitter has said it plans to put  add warning notices to misleading tweets from official accounts about the Ukraine war.

The change announced in an official blog post Thursday follows heightened scrutiny of the social media platform after the war unleashed a new surge of misinformation, sometimes from government sources.

Twitter has already limited content from more than 300 Russian government accounts, including President Vladimir Putin, the BBC reported.

It also facing concerns about free speech.

Under the company’s new „crisis” policies, Twitter will prioritise labelling false posts from accounts with wide reach, like state media or official government accounts, while preserving them for „accountability” reasons.

Users will be required to click through the warning notice to view the post and Twitter will disable the ability to like, retweet or share the content.

Twitter said it would also change its search and explore features to avoid amplifying false tweets.

„While this first iteration is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine, we plan to update and expand the policy to include additional forms of crisis,” Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security and safety  wrote in a blog post announcing the changes.

Twitter said examples of problematic posts included false or misleading allegations of war crimes, false information regarding the international response and false allegations regarding use of force.

Strong commentary and first person accounts are among the types of tweets that would not be challenged by the policy, it said.

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