Taking "multi-variable" steps to curb fake news before 2019 India polls: Twitter CEO


Twitter takes multiple variables, including the use of artificial intelligence tools (AI), to curb the spread of misleading information on its platform before the 2019 general election in India, co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey said on Monday.

Addressing a Town Hall-type meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), Dorsey said the fake news is a very large category.

"The real problem is not misinformation at all, as anecdotes can also be categorized as harassment, but misinformation that spreads to mislead people is a real problem," said CEO Twitter, who is in India.

Dorsey, who took a thrilling reception at IIT-D with the students who boasted the young entrepreneur, likened the problem of misleading information by addressing a security issue or building a lock.

"No one can build a perfect lock, but we have to stay in front of our attackers." AI would most likely help, "Dorsey told the audience.

Earlier in the day, Twitter's CEO met with Congressional President Rahul Gandhi and discussed various steps the social network has taken to curb the spread of false news and boost healthy talk on its platform.

Dorsey also met with the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama during the weekend. He was also expected to meet with Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT after rising criticism of Twitter's role in spreading misinformation and fake news, as India faces polls in five states in November-December before general elections next year .

Twitter, along with other social media platforms, such as Facebook, has been scrutinized by US policymakers for failing to stop spreading misinformation from Russia-linked accounts on their platforms during the 2016 presidential election.

The micro-blogging website has stepped up its efforts to curb the spread of splitting messages and false news on its platform.

In order to further protect the integrity of the elections, Twitter recently announced that it will now erase bogus accounts that are involved in a variety of emerging, malicious behaviors.

As part of the new rules, accounts that deliberately imitate or are intended to replace accounts previously suspended for violation of the rules can be described as bogus accounts, Twitter reported recently.

However, according to a study by the Knight Foundation published in October, more than 80 percent of Twitter accounts associated with spreading misinformation during the 2016 elections are still active.