Technology News:Twitter has rolled out new feature to label, identify and feature hacked materials on Twitter. When documents or content that are allegedly procured by hacking are tweeted on the internet, the label has a warning message that says “The material may have been obtained through hacking”.
After an incident last year, where a New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s laptop was tweeted on Twitter, it was taken down. Twitter faced a massive public attack for its action. So, in order to limit the circulation of sensational content online, Twitter has rolled out this feature to keep information open to all as well.
The Gray Zone, an independent news media company had tweeted its content pertaining to information of UK Govt’s action to contain and weaken Russian influence that mentioned the names of Reuters and the BBC. The tweet posted on February 20, was one of the few noticed tweets with the “hacked material” warning label in it.
Another tweet with a link of an Italian based news article with a story on Pfizer’s vaccine for COVID 19 had also been labelled as hacked material. This tweet was posted on January 16. Once these tweets are labelled on Twitter, these tweets will be barred from direct distribution as said by Twitter.