Twitter adds prompts to remind you presidential election results may be delayed

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This story is part of Elections 2020, PJDM’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Election 2020 is in contrast to another in US historical past, Twitter says, and so it desires to ensure we’re all prepared for the way it might go. Beginning Monday, the social media large stated it will start together with instructional assets in its app, warning individuals about misinformation and reminding them that we might not know who received the presidential election on Nov. 3.

“With so many extra individuals voting by mail and probably delayed outcomes, beginning in the present day, we’ll present you prompts in your Dwelling timeline and Search that can assist you keep knowledgeable on these essential matters,” Twitter stated Monday.

The transfer is simply the most recent manner tech corporations, information organizations and authorities officers have been warning those that this election might be completely different from and certain slower than previous cycles. The important thing purpose is the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to be spreading quickly after being first detected late final yr. Up to now, it is contaminated greater than 43 million individuals and killed greater than 1.1 million individuals across the globe.

To keep away from probably spreading the virus much more, many states across the US have opted to lean on mail-in balloting. Whereas it is a system that is been reliably used for many years, it typically takes longer than merely tabulating in-person votes. And with President Donald Trump railing in opposition to mail-in balloting on-line and through speeches, media and tech corporations have more and more been attempting to educate the public about how they work.

“There could be a delay within the announcement of election outcomes,” Twitter will say in one in every of its prompts.

Twitter and Fb have been preparing for election day, in hopes of avoiding any spread of misinformation, together with a possible early victory announcement earlier than all votes are tabulated.

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