Here's what Twitter plans to do about election result misinformation


Twitter first labeled one of the president's tweets with a warning label in May when he tweeted that mail-in voting was "anything less than substantially fraudulent". As a result, it has issued new guidelines about how it will deal with Tweets on this topic.

Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter reiterated this week that they will add warning labels to posts from President Trump, Democratic nominee Joe Biden or any other political figure who claims election victory before results have been independently verified.

This is because these tweets incite "unlawful conduct to prevent a peaceful transfer of power or orderly succession".

Twitter's first line of defense is to apply warning labels to tweets spreading misinformation.

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The post said a slow vote count in battleground state Pennsylvania could lead to "rampant and unchecked cheating". It also said the same goes for any other "highly contested races". The kind of accounts that would be flagged would be accounts with USA 2020 candidate labels, US -based accounts with more than 100,000 followers and tweets that have 25,000 responses such as "likes", or retweets.

The U.S. presidential poll holds today. We expect this will further reduce the visibility of misleading information, and will encourage people to reconsider if they want to amplify these Tweets. This latter guideline aims to clamp down on allowing misinformation to go viral, even if the tweet in question was initiated by a smaller account. Posts may also be flagged if they reach 25,000 likes or a combined 25,000 quote tweets and retweets. Facebook will also rely on "independent decision desks at major media outlets" in determining when a presidential victor is announced, the spokesperson said, without being more specific. Twitter has clearly delineated which accounts will receive this privilege: in addition to state election officials, ABC News, Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, and Decision Desk HQ (a platform that reports election results) will be able to discuss those results. This would include adding a warning or even removing the tweet.

"We'll consider a result official when announced by a state election official, or when calls are made by at least two of the [seven] national news outlets that have dedicated, independent election decision desks", read the tweet within a thread on the platform's 2020 election approach.