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As the internet began to grow and be implemented into more and more parts of mainstream society, there were plenty of entrepreneurs who saw the invention as a tool to better the world. Instant communication on a global scale truly was a revolutionary change to our society – at least until the streams of that communication began to fall into just a handful of companies’ platforms.
Twitter, for example, is just one of the new informational oligarchs that seem to be willing to eschew the better intentions of free speech in the pursuit of saddling the world with their own vision of what the world should be.
To this end, the social media giant has taken to suspending and banning politicians that they don’t agree with, labeling inconvenient information as “fake news”, and now they’re testing out another way in which they can influence users without their consent.
Twitter said Tuesday that some users in the US, South Korea and Australia will have an option to report a tweet as misleading as part of its efforts to combat misinformation.
The social media company is testing the feature and said it’s still trying to determine if it’s an “effective approach.” Twitter and other social networks are still grappling with false claims on their platforms including posts about the COVID-19 vaccines and the situation in Afghanistan. Politicians, including US President Joe Biden, have been urging tech companies to do more to tackle the problem.
“We may not take action on and cannot respond to each report in the experiment, but your input will help us identify trends so that we can improve the speed and scale of our broader misinformation work,” Twitter said in a tweet.
This latest Orwellian experiment comes just days after a slew of suspensions on the platform that targeted conservative American politicians such as Marjorie Taylor Green and Rand Paul.
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