From August 2021 on X (formerly Twitter), users will be able to respond to each post to prevent the spread of misinformation regarding the election.Ability to flag “misleading”had been introduced. However, it has been reported that the ability to flag “misleading” has been removed in Australia, where a referendum is scheduled to take place.
Open Letter to X – Reset Australia
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The “misleading” flag feature, which has been introduced in countries and regions such as the United States, South Korea, and Australia since August 2021, is a feature that allows users to flag political categories, including elections, or the spread of COVID-19. This is a function that allows you to report misleading posts for each post that falls under the health category such as ). If you “like” or “repost” a flagged post,Warning displayed on screenIt is now possible to do so.
However, Australian digital research group ‘Reset Australia‘ reports that starting around September 2023, the ability for users to flag misleading posts will be removed. At the same time, Reset Australia is appealing to X to restore this functionality.
Reset Australia says, “Due to changes made to the traditional reporting process for each post, it appears that X users in Australia are no longer able to report incorrect information about elections. The option to report incorrect information about elections is now available to each user. “As a result, reports can now only be made in categories that are not appropriate for the election, such as hate speech, abuse, spam, and impersonation.”
In addition, in Australia, a referendum on whether the voice of indigenous peoples should be heard in parliament is scheduled to be held from October 14, 2023, and just weeks before the important referendum is held, X’s misinformation This means that the ability to flag has been removed. As a result, Reset Australia says, “We are extremely concerned about the removal of this feature, and if X intentionally removes this feature, the integrity of Australia’s elections may be called into question.” .
In its own tests, overseas media outlet TechCrunch found that the ability to report posts containing politically incorrect information has been removed not only in Australia but also in the United States, Brazil, and Spain.
Reset Australia is appealing to X, “To ensure the fairness of elections in Australia, we demand an appropriate response regarding the removal of this function.” On the other hand, X responded to Reset Australia with an automatic reply that read, “We are currently processing the request. Please check back later.”
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