Twitter exploring ways to flag fake news: report

Twitter exploring ways to flag fake news: report
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Twitter is exploring ways to crack down on misinformation by crowdsourcing efforts to flag misleading tweets, the Washington Post reported.

A Twitter spokesman, however, denied that such a feature was being tested.

"We are not currently testing this nor do we have any current plans to ship it," the spokesman told The Hill in an email.

Two anonymous sources told the Post the initiative could take the form of a drop-down option that appears on every tweet, allowing users to flag posts with harmful, misleading or false information.

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Internet and social media companies have been increasingly conscious of the spread of fake news stories in the months following the election.

On Thursday, Facebook announced that users will no longer be able to edit previews of links that they post, a feature that many believed allowed fake news sites to make their links appear more credible.

Updated 5:21 p.m.