File this one under “What Could Possibly Go Wrong”:

More from the Washington Post:

Twitter is exploring adding a feature that would let users flag tweets that contain misleading, false or harmful information, according to two people familiar with the company’s projects.

The feature, which is still in a prototype phase and may never be released, is part of the company’s uphill battle against rampant abuse on its platform. It could look like a tiny tab appearing in a drop-down menu alongside tweets, according to the peoplewho spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details of the effort.

It was not clear how Twitter’s crowdsourcing feature would function, and the company is still researching how to design it, one person said. The process is moving slowly in part because there are concerns that people could use the new button to game the system, the way other aspects of Twitter have been manipulated. Twitter’s process for testing new features usually begins with prototyping. The next step is for employees to test the product internally before it gets released to a small subset of the public before being launched throughout the service. Many prototypes never make it to the wider employee testing phase.

Assuming WaPo’s report isn’t fake news itself, let’s hope this “prototype” would stay far, far under wraps.

Oh yeah. For sure.

Twitter changes generally aren’t greeted very favorably. But this one could really be a nail in their coffin.



Seriously? Facebook is going with THESE sources as ‘fact checkers’ to crack down on fake news?