According to Twitter, work is currently underway to improve the labeling of tweets with problematic 5G or corona virus content after users report that their tweets have been misidentified with a COVID-19 fact check.
“You may have seen tweets with labels in the past few weeks that refer to additional information about COVID-19.” Twitter support tweeted. “Not all of these tweets had potentially misleading content related to COVID-19 and 5G.”
In the past few weeks, you may have seen tweets with labels that refer to additional information about COVID-19. Not all of these tweets may have had misleading content related to COVID-19 and 5G. We apologize for any ambiguity and are working to improve our labeling process. (1/4)
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) June 26, 2020
Twitter began reviewing tweets linking 5G and the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month by adding the “Get information about COVID-19” label that references a Twitter wait titled “No, 5G Doesn’t Cause a Corona Virus”. Part of a conspiracy theory that has been largely exposed has suggested that the spread of the corona virus is in some way related to the installation of new 5G cellular networks.
The fact check label is part of the broader effort by the social media company to attach it Warning signs to provide the context for tweets with misleading COVID-19 information. In April, the company went as far as removing misleading COVID-19-related tweets that it saw as an incentive for people to engage in “harmful activity”.
But the system that determines which tweets are tagged appears to be a little overzealous. It appears that tweets with the words “oxygen” and “frequency” have been given the fact check label. The week believes that “oxygen” and “frequency” can be keywords that trigger the label, as part of conspiracy theory suggests that 5G “frequency” is so harmful that it “draws oxygen from the atmosphere” .
Twitter support says It’s about “developing new automated features to apply these labels to tweets that we think are relevant,” adding that the goal was to reduce the number of mislabeled tweets. It was not clear when the corrections would be applied.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for additional information on Saturday.