Twitter Looks to Fight Fake News With Dropdown Tab

Feature would let users flag factually questionable content and inflammatory tweets

Last Updated: June 29, 2017 @ 4:39 PM

Twitter is developing a new feature that would let users “flag” fake news and malicious tweets, according to the Washington Post.

The platform has become a breeding ground for digital trolls, as well as a forum to pump out fake news leading up to the 2016 election. Now, Twitter is developing a prototype for a small tab to appear in a drop-down menu alongside tweets, allowing users to mark posts they deem flagrantly false or abusive.

Still, Twitter doesn’t have a timetable for when — or even if — the feature will be released. “There are no current plans to launch any type of product along these lines,” said Twitter spokeswoman Emily Horne to the Post.

Twitter did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. 

One aspect holding back the feature’s design is how it would be properly deployed. With any user able to flag content they’re turned off by, it creates a need for a system able to differentiate between posts Twitter wants to keep or delete.

This is something Twitter and other social media giants have been working on. Facebook has been utilizing artificial intelligence to weed out terrorist groups, and Twitter has also turned to machine learning to combat fake news. In a blog post earlier this month, Twitter Vice President of Policy Colin Crowell said the company is “working hard to detect spammy behaviors.”