Twitter to add warning labels to doctored videos and images

Twitter is going to begin adding warning labels to “significantly and deceptively altered” images and videos that are designed to mislead people.

The social network also says it will remove deliberately misleading manipulated media that is likely to cause harm – including content that could result in threats to physical safety, mass violence or widespread civil unrest.

Twitter has not said whether authentic material that could cause similar harm will remain on the platform, and has not responded to questions from Sky News about the size of the team that will moderate content.

We know that some Tweets include manipulated photos or videos that can cause people harm. Today we’re introducing a new rule and a label that will address this and give people more context around these Tweets

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) February 4, 2020

Users who retweet or like doctored and manipulated content will be shown a warning before doing so, and Twitter says it will “provide additional explanations or clarifications, as available, such as a landing page with more context”.

In a video, Twitter showed an example landing page that featured news reports from trusted media organisations about a doctored video.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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