Twitter recently updated its policies ahead of the U.S. election, including specific rules detailing how it will handle tweets about the election results before they are officially released,media reported. Today (November 2, local time), the company provided more information — including how it plans to prioritize its rules and how it will flag any tweets that fall under the new guidelines.
Twitter said it would prioritize hashtaged tweets about the U.S. presidential election and any other highly competitive campaign that could be a major problem for misleading information.
The company says that if an account has a 2020 U.S. candidate tag, it’s eligible to tag tweets, including presidential candidates and campaigns — meaning that the Trump and Biden campaigns are not immune to the new policies.
If the account is located in the U.S. and has more than 100,000 followers or has a lot of interaction with the tweet, the tweet can also be tagged — with a threshold of 25,000 likes or 25,000 retweets, the company said. The 3d guidelines are designed to combat the spread of false information, even if the questioned tweet was initiated by a smaller account.
Twitter also explained how it would decide whether the results were considered “official” and said they needed to be announced by state election officials. If at least two of the elected national news organizations make a decision, Twitter could also consider publishing the results. These include ABC News, The Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Decision Desk HQ, Fox News and NBC News.
Under the new policy, if a tweet is marked as “misleading,” users will see a prompt indicating that they point to trusted information before they can retweet or zoom in further. However, the tweet can still be retweeted.
However, Twitter recently made it more difficult to forward blindly by forcing tweets to use the “Quote Tweet” user interface. The change is designed to slow down the speed at which people quickly retweet tweets without comment.
In addition to labeling tweets misleading, Twitter said it may take additional steps, such as adding warnings or even deleting them, if it sees content that incites interference with elections, encourages violence or other personal injury.