Amazon removes ‘coronavirus kill’ products; Twitter considers new ways to fight misinformation
Morning Business Outlook: Amazon says it’s removing items from its marketplace claiming to cure, treat or prevent the coronavirus; Twitter considering colored labels to flag misinformation from political or public figures.
Twitter began flagging what its teams determine to be "manipulated media" on Thursday in an effort to combat fake news ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
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The social media giant first announced its plans to fight back against synthetic and manipulated media content on Feb. 4, saying a number of Twitter users surveyed by the company said they wanted Twitter to share more information about and slap labels on certain tweets.
A leaked example of a label for content that Twitter may determine to be "harmfully misleading" reads, "Twitter community reports have identified this tweet as violating Community Policy on Harmfully Misleading Information. This tweet's visibility will be reduced."
Twitter's new policy regarding harmfully misleading material reads, "You may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm. In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand the media’s authenticity and to provide additional context."
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