Fight the Fake News With … Twitter (TWTR)
Fake news often comes to us in 140 characters or less, which means it comes to us via Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR).
Because anyone (including the president of the United States) can use Twitter to publish thoughts, the site is replete with fake, phony and misleading information. Twitter knows this, and that’s why it’s exploring adding a feature that would let users flag tweets that contain misleading, false or harmful information.
The company’s platform is ripe for rampant abuse, so any step in the direction of trying to rein in blatant lies and errors is a good step. Still, the nature of the beast is such that the task may be gargantuan.