NEW YORK.- Twitter announced this Thursday that it will activate several functions to combat disinformation in the face of the partial legislative elections that will be held in the United States in November, to facilitate access to “reliable” news and “correct” data on the process.
The social network faced accusations that it did not do enough to curb disinformation in the last US presidential election, during which it labeled several tweets by former President Donald Trump as misleading and eventually suspended his account following the violent attack on Capitol Hill. January 2021.
The company said it will impose the “civic integrity policy” that it has applied in other elections and that includes labels in tweets if it believes that its content is false or misleading, with a redesign that makes users share fewer messages and are more interested to clarify them, as he observed in his trial period.
“To make it easier to find reliable news and accurate information about engaging in the civic process,” Twitter will include prompts to “get ahead of misleading narratives” directly in users’ timelines and also in the search form, when people type in key words or phrases.
Twitter Unveils Plan to Combat Misinformation in 2022 US Midterm Elections
The social media company is starting its efforts before the election season kicks into high gear.
Twitter is laying out its plan to address misinformation ahead of the 2022 US midterm elections in November. In a blog post Thursday, the social media company outlined efforts to combat false information while promoting “credible” data and a “healthy civic conversation.”
Twitter will enforce its Civic Integrity Policy, which seeks to protect elections and root out misleading tweets. The platform will issue warning labels and reduce the visibility of false information related to voting, of content meant to intimidate voters and of claims designed to undermine public confidence elections.
In some cases, people may be unable to like or share tweets with misleading information in order to minimize their reach, said Twitter. The company will also proactively address common misinformation by putting prompts in people’s timelines or when they search for related terms or hashtags.
The approach is crucial “to protect the civic conversation on Twitter, and to make it easier to find reliable information about elections,” Twitter spokesperson Elizabeth Busby told CNET.
In addition, people using Twitter can also expect to see information on how and where to vote, a US elections explore tab and state-specific hubs with “real-time election information from state election officials, plus local news outlets and journalists.”
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