Twitter will make it easier for users to spot tweets with manipulated photos and videos from March 5th

“Twitter says that more than 90 percent of users who shared feedback supported removing content when it’s intended to cause certain types of harm”

Twitter back in fall 2019 mentioned that it would seek inputs from around the globe on how it will address synthetic and manipulated media. Now, months later, the social media giant shared an update on the findings and how they helped the company update its rules. The company says that it gathered over 6,500 responses from people around the world through tweets that included #TwitterPolicyFeedback hashtag. Twitter’s finding claims that over 70 percent of users said that “taking no action” on misleading altered media would be unacceptable. They wanted Twitter to provide additional information or context on tweets that have fabricated media.

TWITTER WILL CONSIDER THE MEDIA MANIPULATED IF IT HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY EDITED IN A WAY THAT COMPLETELY CHANGES THE MEDIA’S SEQUENCE AND TIMING. ANY VISUAL OR AUDIO CONTENT THAT HAS BEEN ADDED OR REMOVED AND IF IT DEPICTS A REAL PERSON HAS BEEN FABRICATED OR SIMULATED WILL ALSO BE DEEMED MANIPULATED.

Nearly nine out of ten individuals said that placing a warning label next to the altered content is acceptable. Furthermore, compared to placing warning labels, Twitter says that respondents were less supportive of removing or hiding tweets that contained altered media. About 55 percent of the US participants accepted the removable of such media. For what’s changed, Twitter said that users may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm and are subject to removal. It will also label tweets to help users understand the media’s authenticity and to provide additional context.

If any fabricated or altered media is shared on Twitter, it would apply a label to the tweet, shows a warning before Retweeting or liking the tweet, reduce the visibility of the tweet on Twitter and also provide additional explanations or clarifications. Lastly, Twitter said that it will start labelling the tweets from March 5th, 2020.