Twitter said it would classify or remove misinformation intended to undermine confidence in the US election, including posts claiming victory before ratification of results or inciting illegal behavior to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. Twitter said in a blog post that it is updating its rules. Learn about changes in how people vote in the November 3 elections and try to protect against voter suppression and misleading content on its platform.
The widespread use of mail ballot papers in the US elections due to the Coronavirus pandemic is likely to cause significant delays in tallying the results, which some experts fear will allow disinformation to gain momentum, and US President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that the vote is about The Mail Way is vulnerable to widespread fraud.
Twitter also said it would classify or remove disinformation that creates confusion about laws, regulations, and officials involved in civilian operations, as well as contested claims that may undermine confidence in the process, such as unconfirmed information about vote counting or election fraud..
A Twitter spokesperson said if the content contains specific lies or could cause more harm it will determine whether it will be removed or categorized and its reach reduced, and social media companies have long been under pressure to combat disinformation after US intelligence agencies decided that Russia used it. Its programs to interfere in the 2016 elections, allegations Moscow has denied.
The companies have also been subjected to scrutiny for their reactions to the inflammatory content published by President Trump, and since May, Twitter has attached warnings and fact-checking marks to Trump’s tweets about ballot papers via mail, and Twitter said its rules “will be applied equally and judiciously to everyone,” and will enter the new policy Global, effective September 17.
Facebook said last week that it was creating a ranking for candidates’ posts or campaigns that made premature claims of winning, and it also said it would stop accepting new political ads in the week before Election Day..