Threads Faces Backlash Over Alleged False Information Warnings
When the social media platform Threads launched, it immediately drew criticism from right-wing users who claimed that their accounts were
When the social media platform Threads launched, it immediately drew criticism from right-wing users who claimed that their accounts were flagged for spreading disinformation. The flagged accounts received a warning label that stated, “This account has repeatedly posted false information that was reviewed by independent fact-checkers or went against our Community Guidelines.” However, as of Friday, it appears that the warning labels have been removed from the reported accounts.
The wording of the warning label resembled similar prompts seen on Meta services like Facebook and Instagram. Given Threads’ close integration with Instagram, it seems that Meta utilized an account’s existing reputation to inform Threads users about their history of spreading false information.
Some users expressed their discontent with Threads, perceiving it as a platform with censorship embedded within its app. Conservative influencers such as DC Draino, Brandon Tatum, and even Donald Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, reported seeing the warning on their accounts.
However, Meta has stated that at least one flagged user was mistakenly identified by Threads’ internal systems, suggesting that false flags may have occurred.