Twitter launches fake news policy as Elon Musk panics over bots and deal stays ‘on hold’

TWITTER adds another layer to its information integrity protocol while reviewing deal with Elon Musk.

The new policy is at odds with what would be expected if Musk owned the company.

Musk's acquisition is on hold while Twitter issues new guidelines


Musk’s acquisition is on hold while Twitter issues new guidelinesPhoto credit: Reuters

At the start of the conflict in Ukraine, new Twitter accounts were created en masse.

A University of Indiana study found that “the number of new Twitter accounts created nearly tripled the day Russia invaded Ukraine.”

The report is skeptical about the motives behind the new accounts made during this period – researchers suspect many bad actors intent on spreading disinformation were part of the wave.

Twitter executives have taken precautions to flag misleading or inaccurate information about the war — and now that policy applies to all content related to high-stakes crises.

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Going forward, information related to a crisis deemed misleading will not be reinforced or endorsed unless Musk takes over the company and reverses the policy.

But for now, a familiar label is attached to the bad content: “This tweet violates Twitter’s rules about sharing false or misleading information that could harm populations affected by the crisis.”

“However, in order to preserve this content for accountability purposes, Twitter has determined that this tweet should remain available.”

The Independent reported that Twitter says its definition of a crisis matches the United Nations definition.

Twitter has previously inserted itself as an intermediary between content consumers and producers.

In 2020, Twitter mobilized to create a label to flag untrue claims about elections.

Musk has been vocal about his intention to roll back the moderation policy and put an end to permanent bans — it’s doubtful his top priority would be putting more guard rails in place.

But Musk’s acquisition is in the balance as the two parties haggle over the volume of bots on the site.

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Twitter’s board of directors is sticking with the deal and wants Musk to stick to his $44 billion offer.

Musk’s troubles are piling up — Earlier this week, a sexual misconduct scandal broke out over his conduct on a SpaceX corporate jet.

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