Twitter to further limit misleading tweets ahead of the US election

Social networks reminiscent of Twitter say they’re doing extra to fight election misinformation. 

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Twitter on Friday outlined new steps it is taking to restrict the unfold of misinformation forward of the US election in November, together with including extra warnings and labels to deceptive tweets from politicians. 

The transfer illustrates how social networks are ramping up their efforts to fight misinformation weeks earlier than the Nov. three election. Extra individuals are counting on social networks to get details about voting and the US election amid the coronavirus pandemic. On the identical time, these websites are additionally crammed with misinformation. This week, Facebook also announced new measures it was taking forward of Election Day, together with banning posts that purpose to intimidate voters. 

Twitter at the moment provides labels to sure tweets in the event that they include deceptive details about the coronavirus, voting and different matters. Beginning subsequent week, if Twitter customers attempt to retweet a deceptive tweet that is been labeled, the corporate will present them a prompt that says the tweet is “disputed” and that features a “Discover out extra” button directing them to credible data.  

Beginning subsequent week, if Twitter customers attempt to retweet a publish that is been labeled as deceptive, they will see this warning.


A deceptive tweet from a US political determine or an account with greater than 100,000 followers or a variety of engagement will embody a warning customers should faucet by means of to view the tweet. Customers will solely be capable of “quote tweet” the publish and will not be capable of prefer it or just retweet it. A quote tweet is totally different than a daily retweet in that customers add a remark.

“We anticipate this can additional cut back the visibility of deceptive data, and can encourage individuals to rethink in the event that they need to amplify these Tweets,” Twitter executives stated in a blog post

There have additionally been issues {that a} US presidential candidate will declare victory earlier than the outcomes are official. Twitter stated it’s going to label tweets that embody untimely victory claims, directing individuals to its US election web page. The transfer is in step with how Fb can also be planning to sort out this subject. Twitter stated it’s going to take away tweets meant to incite election interference, reminiscent of by means of violent motion. 

The corporate can also be making adjustments that’ll have an effect on customers globally. Beginning Oct. 20 by means of a minimum of the tip of the week of the US election, Twitter can be encouraging individuals so as to add their very own ideas a couple of tweet by means of a quote tweet fairly than simply retweeting the content material. The corporate is at the moment testing the change for some customers, but it surely did not specify what number of.

“Although this provides some further friction for individuals who merely need to Retweet, we hope it would encourage everybody to not solely think about why they’re amplifying a Tweet, but additionally improve the chance that individuals add their very own ideas, reactions and views to the dialog,” Twitter executives stated. 


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