In the past few days, twitter has been labeling several tweets that were about COVID-19 as misleading. Most of the tweets were labeled by mistake, which made Twitter apologize for the huge misunderstanding.
Regarding The Verge website, Twitter began fact-checking tweets that linked 5G and the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month, by adding the label that reads “get the facts about COVID-19” which links to a Twitter moment with “No, 5G isn’t causing coronavirus” as its title
Twitter made excuses claiming that it is operating on strengthening how it labels tweets with problematic 5G or coronavirus content material, and that’s why such minor issues happen.
“In the last few weeks, you may have seen Tweets with labels linking to additional info about COVID-19,” Twitter Help tweeted. “Not all of those Tweets had potentially misleading content associating COVID-19 and 5G.”
The problem was caused by the program that decided which tweet should be flagged as misleading. Users figured out that the program has mistakenly flagged the tweets, which include the words and phrases “oxygen” and “frequency.”
The fact-check label is part of Twitter’s effort to attach warning labels to provide context for tweets with misleading COVID-19 information. In April, the company went so far as to remove misleading COVID-19-related tweets that it viewed as inciting people to engage in “harmful activity.”
Twitter now says it is trying to solve the issue as soon as possible by building new automated capabilities to apply these labels to Tweets we think could be relevant.