Twitter says it labeled 300K election tweets with misleading or disputed content

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Twitter has been cracking down on election misinformation. 

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Twitter added labels with additional context to around 300,000 tweets with probably deceptive or disputed content material over two weeks that encompassed the 2020 US presidential election, the corporate stated in a Thursday weblog put up. Moreover, Twitter stated greater than 450 of the labeled tweets have been hid by a warning message and have been topic to restricted retweeting and general engagement. The evaluation checked out tweets concerning the election posted between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11.

The social media firm, together with different tech giants like Facebook and Google, has been working to battle election misinformation. In the meantime, some social media customers, together with President Donald Trump, have been difficult the outcomes of the election because it was referred to as for Democrat Joe Biden, who won the popular vote with about 5 million extra votes throughout the US than his rival. Trump has been utilizing social networks to falsely declare, with out proof, that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him. Twitter has added warning labels to a number of of Trump’s tweets, together with one during which he wrongly claimed he’d received the election. 

Twitter additionally examined what labored to assist curb misinformation and what did not. Eradicating consumer suggestions on who to observe, as an example, did not a significant influence on election misinformation. Twitter will undo that change on Thursday. It will additionally undo a change it rolled out forward of the election during which solely matters with further in-line context have been proven on the “For You” tab that includes trending matters. 

One characteristic that seemingly labored effectively to gradual the unfold of deceptive info was one which prompted customers to quote-tweet as an alternative of merely retweet. Now, when folks hit the retweet button, they’re shown the quote tweet composer and are inspired so as to add their very own remark. The general variety of retweets and quote tweets mixed has since dropped by 20%, Twitter says.

“This alteration launched some friction, and gave folks an additional second to contemplate why and what they have been including to the dialog,” Twitter stated within the weblog put up. “This alteration slowed the unfold of deceptive info by advantage of an general discount within the quantity of sharing on the service.”

Twitter stated it is taking extra time to review the influence of this variation and, for now, is leaving it in place.

See additionally: President Trump’s legacy: An addiction to social media even as he railed against it

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