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(CNN) – After years of being accused of helping spread misinformation, Twitter is finally offering users an easy way to report misleading tweets. But don’t expect anything to happen right away.
Twitter users in some countries, including the United States, will now be able to report tweets to the social media platform that contain misinformation, the company announced Tuesday.
The new feature was available on Tuesday to small groups of users in the United States, South Korea and Australia, Twitter said. The description “is misleading” will now appear as an option for users to select when looking to report a problematic tweet.
But the limited testing may not lead to any direct action on user-flagged Tweets, according to the company.
“We may not take action and we may not be able to respond to every report of the experiment, but your feedback will help us identify trends so that we can improve the speed and scale of our broader disinformation work,” Twitter said.
The initiative is the latest attempt by a social media platform to stop a wave of digital misinformation. Social media companies have come under increasing criticism for facilitating the spread of political misinformation during recent election cycles and, more recently, the proliferation of Covid-19 and misinformation about vaccines.
The squabble over misinformation on social media has even sparked a public dispute between Facebook and the Biden administration, which has accused the platform of allowing misinformation to spread that ultimately hurts and kills Americans.
The new Twitter feature follows in the footsteps of platforms like Facebook, which also allows users to report false information related to health, politics or social issues.
Twitter has increasingly advocated a user-driven content moderation approach. The company is also developing a system known as Birdwatch that allows registered users to add notes and context to tweets.