Twitter Is Reportedly Introducing A 'Fake News' Button, And Donald Trump Has Never Been Happier

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It's the media phrase du jour and something the American President revels in accusing every mainstream outlet of – yes 2017 is the year of Fake News.

Facebook have recently tried to combat the onslaught of spurious articles with an £11 million literacy fund and there's now a Google Chrome extension which will alert you to whether something is likely FAKE NEWS.

Now Twitter are stepping up to bat as The Washington Post reported yesterday that the the social media giant is "exploring" a feature that would allow you to flag tweets as containing "misleading, false, or harmful information."

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Speaking to Mashable a Twitter spokesperson commented: "We are not currently testing this nor do we have any current plans to ship it."

Mashable explained that "Twitter product managers and engineers, like those at other tech companies, often brainstorm and create features that never get implemented. Take, for example, Twitter's exploration of expanding tweets to more than 140 characters or an edit button."

Whilst Twitter already has a dropdown function which allows you to report posts that are abusive or harassing groups or other individuals this new feature would be a separate function to sift out the ever-thinning line between "real" and "fake" on the internet.

It could be the next step for the company who recently released a series of recent adverts, one of which alluded to the sharing of alternative facts surrounding climate change during a heatwave.