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By Ailan Evans
Daily Caller News Foundation

Twitter announced Tuesday it will test a feature allowing users to report tweets they believe are misleading, as the company cracks down on alleged misinformation.

Users in the U.S., South Korea, and Australia will be able to select the “It’s Misleading” option when reporting a tweet, the company announced Tuesday. The social media platform said it may not take direct action on each flagged tweet, but will use the reports to identify misinformation trends.

Twitter staff will review certain reported tweets depending on the topic or level of exposure and determine if they violate the company’s misinformation policies, a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

We’re testing a feature for you to report Tweets that seem misleading – as you see them. Starting today, some people in the US, South Korea, and Australia will find the option to flag a Tweet as “It’s misleading” after clicking on Report Tweet.

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) August 17, 2021

The initiative is the most recent attempt by Twitter to address the problem of misinformation on its platform. The tech company launched Birdwatch, a community-driven moderation program, in January 2021, allowing verified users to annotate tweets they believed to contain misinformation.

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