Twitter Sets Up New Tool To Report Misleading Election Tweets
The social media website Twitter is establishing a new set of protocols to allow users to report tweets they believe are misleading to others regarding dates and other facts surrounding elections.
“Voting is a fundamental human right and the public conversation occurring on Twitter is never more important than during elections,” the company wrote in a blog post this week. “Any attempts to undermine the process of registering to vote or engaging in the electoral process is contrary to our company’s core values.”
Per reporting from BuzzFeed News, the new policy is set to be launched on April 25 in India. The new feature will also be available to users in the European Union starting next week, in anticipation of the multinational elections that will take place at the end of May.
"Manipulating or Interfering in elections"= misleading info about how to vote/register to vote (i.e., falsely saying you can vote by text message, phone call, email, or a tweet), false info about voting requirements /officially announced election date/time https://t.co/9yzLATrGBg
— Victoria (@VictoriaRubin) April 24, 2019
The new tool will allow users to report tweets that are misleading about:
- how to vote or how to register to vote for an upcoming election;
- requirements and stipulations for voters regarding if they’re eligible to vote and what kind of identifications they may need;
- the date and time of an election.
Although Twitter, in their blog post, said that reporting of misleading tweets wouldn’t be limited to the conditions set out above, the company did not indicate that tweets that contain misleading or false news stories would be subjected to the same standards.
The process of reporting a tweet that someone may believe is deceptive will be similar to how users do so today. Twitter account holders can click “Report Tweet,” at which point a list of options already familiar to them will be made available — only an additional option, in which the user can click “It’s misleading about voting,” will also be present.
Within the company’s blog post, there wasn’t any announcement over when the feature may come to the United States.