AUSTIN, Texas—The company is refusing to remove ads from Twitter and other social media platforms as it tries to crack down on fake news and misinformation, according to a report published Tuesday by The Hill.
The company announced Tuesday that it is launching a new product called The Real News Report to help publishers track fake news on Twitter.
The Real news Report will let publishers track the number of times users shared fake news stories, the type of content shared, the total number of users who shared and the number who shared the same content.
The report also says that Twitter is working to create a system to track the types of ads users shared to promote their products, and the types and frequency of ads they posted.
The move comes amid criticism that the company is ignoring warnings about the impact of fake news from top intelligence officials and political analysts, who have warned that the spread of fake content has created a dangerous climate of fear among American citizens.
In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said the company takes the threat of misinformation seriously, and that it has taken a number of actions to protect our users.
“While we recognize that this issue is of real concern, we continue to take this issue very seriously, as it is a threat to the safety of our users,” the statement said.
“We are always working to improve the quality of our products and services, and we are committed to ensuring that our users have an environment that is safe for all of us.
We will continue to monitor these issues and work with our partners to provide better solutions.”
The Real News report was first reported by the Daily Dot, a digital news publication founded by former TechCrunch editor-in-chief Ben Thompson.
The Daily Dot was a major player in the social media sphere, including in news reporting and content.
On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that Twitter was preparing to launch a tool to detect fake news before it was introduced.
The company denied the report, and later clarified that it would not be launching such a tool.
The news site also reported that several intelligence agencies have said that fake news accounts have been “increasingly successful at propagating misinformation about government officials and the military” and that there are “signs that the internet is becoming a new front in a broader propaganda war against Americans.”
Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that the FBI was investigating how Twitter may have been behind the spread in the run-up to the 2016 election of fake accounts linked to Russian government officials.
Twitter was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday’s report.
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