In particular, this includes not only allegations of “election fraud” and “victory before confirmation of election results”, but also tweets “inciting illegal behavior to prevent a peaceful transfer of power or an orderly succession”.
Here is Twitter’s full explanation of the types of claims it searches for:
False or misleading information that creates confusion about the laws and regulations of a citizens ‘process or about the officials and institutions that conduct those citizens̵7; processes.
Controversial claims that could undermine confidence in the process itself, e.g. B. unverified information about election fraud, election manipulation, voting results or the confirmation of election results.
Misleading claims about the results or the outcome of a citizens’ process that require or could lead to impairment of the implementation of the results of the process, e.g. B. asserting victory before confirming the election results, leading to illegal behavior to prevent peaceful transfer of power, or orderly succession.
The new rules come under increasing pressure on social media companies to do more to address misinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election. With the coronavirus pandemic still not under control, a record number of mail-in voting slips are expected. And Donald Trump has already tested Twitter’s existing rules with repeated and unsubstantiated claims that email voting will lead to widespread fraud.
Experts have warned of various “nightmare scenarios” that could unfold in the days and weeks after the election if Trump or other social media were to use unconfirmed claims of a “rigged” election.
Twitter isn’t the only company trying to prop up its rules ahead of the elections. Facebook has also updated its misinformation policy. Both companies recently attended a meeting with government agencies to discuss election security issues.