Twitter on Friday outlined new measures it has taken to limit the spread of mis-information ahead of November’s U.S. election, including adding more warnings and hashtags to misleading tweets from politicians,media CNET reported. The move illustrates how the social network has stepped up its efforts to crack down on mis-information in the weeks leading up to the November 3 election.
In the face of the new crown pandemic, more and more people are relying on social networks for information about voting and the U.S. election. At the same time, these sites are full of mis-information. This week, Facebook also announced new measures ahead of Election Day, including a ban on posts aimed at intimidating voters.
Currently, Twitter tags some tweets if they contain misleading information about new coronavirus, voting and other topics. Starting next week, if Twitter users try to retweet a misguided tweet that has been tagged, the company will show them a tip that the tweet is “controversial” and includes a “learn more” button that directs them to credible information.
Misleading tweets from U.S. politicians or accounts with more than 100,000 followers or a large number of participants will contain a warning that users will have to point out the tweets. Users will only be able to “reference a tweet” and not like or simply retweet the post. Reference tweets are different from regular forwarding, where users can add comments.
“We expect this to further reduce the visibility of misleading information and encourage people to reconsider whether to amplify these tweets,” a Twitter executive said in a blog post.
There are also fears that US presidential candidates will declare victory before the results are officially announced. Twitter said it would mark tweets containing premature announcements of victory and direct people to its U.S. election page. The move is in the same way that Facebook also plans to address the issue. Twitter said it would remove tweets intended to incite interference in the election, such as through violence.
The company is also making changes that affect users around the world. Starting October 20, at least until the end of the week of the U.S. election, Twitter will encourage people to add their thoughts on tweets by quoting them, rather than just retweeting them. The company is currently testing the change for some users, but it did not say how many.
“While this adds some extra friction to those who just want to retweet, we hope it will encourage people not only to consider why they want to enlarge a tweet, but also to increase the likelihood that people will include their thoughts, reactions, and opinions in a conversation,” the Twitter executive said. “