(Reuters) – Twitter said Thursday it would flag or remove misinformation to undermine confidence in the U.S. election, including posts claiming victory before the results were confirmed or encouraging illegal behavior to promote a peaceful transfer of power prevent.
Twitter said in a blog post it is updating its rules to reflect changes in the way people will vote in the November 3rd election and to try to stay away from voter suppression and misleading content to protect on its platform.
The widespread use of postal ballot papers in the US election due to the coronavirus pandemic is likely to cause significant delays in evaluating the results, which some experts fear misinformation could become more important.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly asserted without evidence that the postal vote is prone to large-scale fraud.
Twitter also said it would flag or remove misinformation, causing confusion about the laws, regulations, and officials involved in citizen trials, as well as controversial claims that could undermine trust in the process, such as unverified information about Voting results or election fraud.
A Twitter spokesperson said whether content had certain falsehoods or could cause greater harm would determine whether to remove or flag it and reduce its reach.
Social media companies have long been under pressure to tackle misinformation after US intelligence agencies discovered that Russia used their platforms to meddle in the 201
Companies were also screened for their reactions to inflammatory content from Trump. As of May, Twitter has been attaching Trump’s tweets of mail-in voting slip warnings and fact-checking labels.
Twitter said its rules were “applied equally and reasonably to everyone”. The new policy, which is global, will take effect on September 17th.
Alphabet’s Google also announced on Thursday that it is removing the feature that tries to predict and complete search terms when people look up the status of voting locations, voting requirements or methods – for example, “You can vote by phone” or “You can’t.” “vote by phone” – although users can still search for this information.
Also, these predictions are removed for auto-completion when looking for the integrity of the elections and claims for or against a candidate or political party.
On a phone call, Google employees told reporters that incorrect information about election results, including reports of an early win, would not appear in Google Search and that the Ads Policy would be enforced against proven false claims that the trust or participation in a Could undermine choice. even after the elections.
Facebook said last week it was creating a label for posts from candidates or campaigns making early victory claims. She also said she would stop accepting new political ads for the week leading up to election day.
(Reporting from Elizabeth Culliford; Adaptation by Steve Orlofsky and Bill Berkrot)