Twitter now starts labelling tweets on a regular basis involving manipulative media

Tweets that share synthetic and manipulated media are subject to removal under this policy if they are likely to cause harm

Social networking giant Twitter has now decided to label tweets in India, which it thinks to involve manipulative media to curb misinformation and fake news. For quite a long time, news and information on Twitter are not verified and people have fought over it quite seriously. Sometimes, communal punch-up also happened due to severe fake news and misinformation.

The company has taken this step back in February 2020, but now it is doing a regular basis quite seriously. Recent examples of misinformation are of Donald Trump’s tweets during the US election last month. Before the US election, Twitter had mentioned that it would take serious steps and will “label tweets that falsely claim a win for any candidate and will remove tweets that encourage violence or call for people to interfere with election results or the smooth operation of polling places.”

Manipulative media is nothing but a type of information that has been cleverly changed or fabricated. In simple words, they are misinformation and have no authenticity. There are three criteria to define manipulative media on Twitter. These are as follows:

  1. Whether the content has been substantially edited in a manner that fundamentally alters its composition, sequence, timing, or framing. Any visual or auditory information (such as new video frames, overdubbed audio, or modified subtitles) that has been added or removed; and Whether media depicting a real person has been fabricated or simulated.
  2. Twitter considers whether the context in which media is shared could result in confusion or misunderstanding or suggests a deliberate intent to deceive people about the nature or origin of the content, for example by falsely claiming that it depicts reality.
  3. Tweets that share synthetic and manipulated media are subject to removal under this policy if they are likely to cause harm. Some specific harms Twitter considers include:

Threats to the physical safety of a person or group

  • Risk of mass violence or widespread civil unrest
  • Threats to the privacy or ability of a person or group to freely express themselves or participate in civic events, such as: stalking or unwanted and obsessive attention;targeted content that includes tropes, epithets, or material that aims to silence someone; voter suppression or intimidation.


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