Twitter Has Not Been Able To Mark Indonesian Hoaxes
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19 October 2020

Twitter Has Not Been Able To Mark Indonesian Hoaxes

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia - Twitter has revealed that it has not been able to mark the tweets of Indonesians who violate platform rules, as has repeatedly been done by a number of people to US President Donald Trump.


Public Policy Director, Indonesia & Malaysia, Twitter, Agung Yudha revealed that currently Twitter Indonesia does not yet have this tagging or labeling feature.

This feature is only owned by Twitter in the United States and only applies to issues related to Covid-19 and US elections. If the tweet labeling feature gets positive feedback, it's likely that the feature will roll out globally.

"There is not yet because this feature is currently new in the US and even then for the time being only for Covid-19-related content and us election, so beyond that it is not yet. If for example this trial is successful and supported by users, it will likely be rolled out globally gradually , "said Agung in a virtual conference, Thursday (15/10).

Agung explained that Twitter Indonesia does not yet have information on when and which countries will get the labeling feature. Then it is not known whether the labeling only applies to the issue of Covid-19 and the election or it can be for other issues.

"In the US, the expansion will have more content and more reviews. Then it will be rolled out globally," said Agung.

Furthermore, Agung said that the development and application of the labeling feature depends on reciprocity after the trial in the United States. If the trade-off is good, then it is likely that the feature will be implemented in markets other than the US.

"However, until now we don't know what is clear about the time frame," said Agung.

Previously, Trump's tweets were marked by Twitter. One of Trump's tweets contained a hoax CNN video that read 'America is not the problem. The problem is fake news'. When confirmed, a Twitter spokeswoman said these tweets were labeled to provide an explanation to people.

In May, Twitter labeled two Trump tweets making false claims about ballots in California.

A few days later, Twitter marked 'glorification of violence' in Trump's tweet saying 'when the looting starts, the shooting begins'.

Recently, Twitter again marked Trump's tweet claiming he was immune to Covid-19 in violation of company policy. Twitter is hiding the tweet, but remains accessible with a warning.

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