Twitter promises to fine-tune its 5G coronavirus labeling after unrelated tweets were flagged


Twitter says it’s engaged on bettering the way it labels tweets with problematic 5G or coronavirus content material, after customers reported their tweets have been being mislabeled with a COVID-19 fact-check.

“In the last few weeks, you may have seen Tweets with labels linking to additional info about COVID-19,” Twitter Support tweeted. “Not all of those Tweets had potentially misleading content associating COVID-19 and 5G.”

Twitter started fact-checking tweets that linked 5G and the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month, by including the label that reads “get the facts about COVID-19” which hyperlinks to a Twitter moment with “No, 5G isn’t causing coronavirus” as its title. Part of a conspiracy concept that has been broadly debunked steered that the unfold of the coronavirus was one way or the other linked to the set up of recent 5G cell networks.

The fact-check label is a part of the social media firm’s wider effort to connect warning labels to provide context for tweets with deceptive COVID-19 data. In April, the corporate went as far as to take away deceptive COVID-19-related tweets that it considered as inciting folks to have interaction in “harmful activity.”

But the system that determines which tweets get flagged is outwardly a little bit over-eager. It appears tweets together with the phrases “oxygen” and “frequency” have been being tagged with the fact-check label. The Week posits that “oxygen” and “frequency” could also be key phrases that set off the label, since a part of the conspiracy concept means that the 5G “frequency” is dangerous to the purpose that it “sucks the oxygen out of the atmosphere.”

This tweet doesn’t even point out 5G or the coronavirus
Yashar Ali/Twitter

“Labeling Tweets that may contain misleading information continues to be an iterative process,” a Facebook spokesperson mentioned in an electronic mail to The Verge. “Given the global spread of misinformation and disputed claims around 5G and COVID-19, we prioritized algorithmically labeling Tweets with that information. As we improve this process to be more precise, our goal is to show fewer labels on unrelated Tweets.”

Twitter Support says it’s “building new automated capabilities to apply these labels to Tweets we think could be relevant,” but it surely wasn’t clear when the fixes can be utilized.

UPDATE June 28th 8:43AM ET: Added assertion from Facebook spokesperson