Twitter reintroduces election misinformation rules before midterms
According to a post published on the company’s blog on Thursday, Twitter plans to bring back certain features on its social media platform in order to promote the dissemination of accurate information regarding the midterm elections in the United States in November and to crack down on posts that are false or misleading (Aug 11).
Experts in civil rights and internet misinformation have criticized social media platforms and technology companies for not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation, including the idea that President Joe Biden did not win the 2020 election.
Twitter will apply its civic integrity policy, which was announced in 2018, to the midterm elections that will take place on November 8, when all 435 members in the United States House of Representatives and almost a third of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be up for election.
The policy forbids users from uploading deceptive content with the intention of discouraging people from voting and making assertions with the intention of undermining public confidence in an election, including providing inaccurate information regarding the results of an election.
A few days after supporters of the then-president stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, Twitter permanently suspended Donald Trump from the service, claiming the possibility of “further incitement of violence.” This occurred in the previous year.
The San Francisco-based company that has sued the billionaire Elon Musk to close his agreement to acquire the company for US$44 billion said it conducted tests to prevent misleading tweets from being recommended to other users through notifications. The lawsuit was filed after the company said it wanted to close the deal.
Twitter reported that as a direct result of the experiments, there were 1.6 million fewer monthly views of erroneous content.
Information prompts in users’ timelines to “prebunk,” or correct falsehoods before they go further online, are one component of the attempts to combat misinformation, such as those that will be implemented before the presidential election in 2020.