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facing Elon Musk, “Facebook’s Twitter” promises to fight against disinformation

Before arriving in France, the new Meta application aims to reassure people about the proliferation of false information. The boss of Instagram assured that a verification system would be put in place.

Will Threads copy its Twitter model until it becomes a dumping ground for false information? Before arriving in Europe on December 14, the new application from the Meta group wanted to reassure through the voice of Instagram boss, Adam Mosseri.

“We are currently adapting fact-checking reviews from Facebook or Instagram to Threads, but our goal is for fact-checking partners to be able to review and evaluate misinformation on the app,” Adam Mosseri said on Threads.

He assures that the current system, modeled on Facebook and Instagram, will be extended next year. According to the description of the boss of Instagram, the system envisaged to avoid the proliferation of false information on Threads is reminiscent of that of Twitter and its community notes.

Respect the DSA

Threads’ arrival in Europe was impossible when it launched in July. With the European Digital Services Regulation (DSA) and GDPR coming into force a few weeks later, Meta’s intensive data collection through its new application posed a problem.

However, moderation is also one of the points governed by the DSA. It is also in this context that the European Union opened an investigation against Twitter in October. Europe is thus tackling the lack of moderation put in place by the platform when it was the scene of significant disinformation about the war between Israel and Hamas.

It is in this context that Adam Mosseri spoke on the subject of disinformation. Beyond indicating that a system was already active on Threads and that it would be amplified from next year, the message is above all a means of reassuring the European Union.

However, based on Facebook’s system, can Threads ensure a credible fight against the proliferation of disinformation? In the past, the Meta platform has been the birthplace of a lot of false information.

Twitter harsher than Facebook

During the Covid-19 pandemic, it was established that Facebook served as a sounding board for anti-vax theories and content. A misleading video even took the lead in the most popular publications on the subject. A study also showed that misinformation generated six times more engagement on the platform than reliable articles.

Facebook also played a role in the invasion of the US Capitol, a few days before the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States. The platform was forced to block publications containing certain pro-Trump rallying keywords.

On this subject, Twitter showed more severity. The former President of the United States – still in office for a few days – was permanently banned from the platform. But that was without counting on the takeover in October 2022 of the company by Elon Musk, who reinstated all of the banned accounts shortly after his arrival.

With moderation teams reduced to nothing and a desire to give free rein to freedom of expression, Twitter’s standards have fallen sharply. It remains to be seen whether Threads will offer substantial opposition to the proliferation of false information, or whether the company will take advantage of Twitter’s race to the bottom in this area.

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Eleon Lass

Eleanor - 28 years I have 5 years experience in journalism, and I care about news, celebrity news, technical news, as well as fashion, and was published in many international electronic magazines, and I live in Paris - France, and you can write to me: eleanor@newstoday.fr
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