Forward of the 2020 presidential election, Twitter has introduced an replace to its Civic Integrity Coverage to forestall the unfold of misinformation because it pertains to voting and election outcomes. “As we proceed to guard the integrity of #Election2020 dialog on Twitter, we’re saying new, vital updates immediately that can carry extra context and encourage considerate consideration earlier than Tweeting,” the social media platform tweeted on Oct. 9. “Tweets which embrace untimely claims of a victory in an election can be labeled and direct folks to our official US Election web page in Discover. Tweets that encourage others to intervene with the election course of or the outcomes can be eliminated.”
The brand new labeling coverage, which works into impact subsequent week, is being put in place to encourage customers to contemplate why they’re amplifying particular tweets and add their very own commentary earlier than sharing unverified info. “Beginning subsequent week, when folks try to Retweet a Tweet with a deceptive info label, they’ll see a immediate directing them to credible details about the subject earlier than they will amplify it.” These labels will primarily goal tweets that embrace false or deceptive details about easy methods to take part in an election, “info meant to undermine public confidence in an election,” and knowledge meant to intimidate or dissuade folks from taking part in an election or different civic course of. This coverage additionally applies to presidential candidates.
In monitoring election-related content, the Twitter crew will hold an eye fixed out for 3 broad classes of content material:
- Deceptive Info — statements or assertions which were confirmed to be false or deceptive by subject-matter specialists, similar to public well being authorities.
- Disputed Claims — statements or assertions by which the accuracy, truthfulness, or credibility of the declare is contested or unknown.
- Unverified Claims — info (which may very well be true or false) that’s unconfirmed on the time it’s shared.
Along with labeling rumors and unverified claims for customers within the US, Twitter will even forestall tweets which were “adopted by” and “appreciated by” accounts you do not observe from displaying up in your timeline. Additionally, the positioning will solely spotlight trending content material in your “For You” tab if that content material contains further context. “Our purpose is to proceed to offer entry to essential info and encourage participation within the dialog throughout #Election2020,” the platform tweeted.
For extra info on what counts as a violation and easy methods to report these posts, learn Twitter’s full Civic Integrity Policy.