Twitter Revives Misinformation Rules, Features Ahead of US Midterm Elections

Twitter will revive options on the social media web site to advertise correct details about the November US midterm election and clamp down on false and deceptive posts, the corporate mentioned in a weblog put up on Thursday.

Civil rights and on-line misinformation specialists have accused social media and tech platforms of not doing sufficient to forestall the unfold of misinformation, together with the concept US President Joe Biden didn’t win the 2020 election.

Twitter says it will apply its civic integrity coverage, launched in 2018, to the November 8 midterms when all 435 seats within the US Home of Representatives are at stake and a few third of the 100 seats within the US Senate.

The coverage prohibits customers from posting deceptive content material meant to dissuade folks from voting and claims meant to undermine public confidence in an election, together with false details about the end result of an election.

Twitter completely suspended Donald Trump from the service final 12 months, citing the danger of “additional incitement of violence” days after supporters of the then-president stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The San Francisco-based firm, which has sued billionaire Elon Musk to shut his $44-billion (roughly Rs. 3,50,100 crore) settlement to accumulate the corporate, mentioned it carried out checks to forestall deceptive tweets from being advisable to different customers by means of notifications.

The checks resulted in 1.6 million fewer views of deceptive info monthly, Twitter mentioned.

The efforts to combat misinformation, like these through the 2020 presidential election, embrace info prompts in consumer timelines to “prebunk,” that’s to debunk falsehoods earlier than they unfold additional on-line.

© Thomson Reuters 2022.


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