The US elections may be nearing an end, but social media networks are still trying to combat misinformation on their platforms. Twitter today I showed It will warn users if they try to highly like a Tweet that contains information believed to be misleading.

Previously, the company had applied such labels when users attempted to retweet disputed information or, for example, An article they haven’t already read. These moves were effective in reducing the spread of disinformation by 29%, according to Twitter, so the labels clearly make a difference.

The company is now taking a step forward simply by warning you when you like Tweets that contain misinformation as well. While it’s unlikely that this step will have exactly the same effect as preventing retweeting of potentially wrong information, it is not uncommon to see such Tweets with thousands of likes.

Arguably, these have the effect of adding a sense of validity to a Tweet, even if it has a prominent disinformation tag. Reducing the number of likes given by people who don’t think critically about potential misinformation might be a good thing.

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Posted on November 24, 2020 – 03:08 UTC