Twitter says it labeled 300Okay election tweets with deceptive or disputed content material

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Twitter has been cracking down on election misinformation. 


Angela Lang/CNET

Twitter added labels with additional context to around 300,000 tweets with probably deceptive or disputed content material over two weeks that encompassed the 2020 US presidential election, the corporate stated in a Thursday weblog publish. Additionally, Twitter stated greater than 450 of the labeled tweets have been hid by a warning message and have been topic to restricted retweeting and total engagement. The evaluation checked out tweets in regards to the election posted between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11.

The social media firm, together with different tech giants like Facebook and Google, has been working to battle election misinformation. Meanwhile, some social media customers, together with President Donald Trump, have been difficult the outcomes of the election because it was referred to as for Democrat Joe Biden, who gained the favored vote with about 5 million extra votes throughout the US than his rival. Trump has been utilizing social networks to falsely declare, with out proof, that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him. Twitter has added warning labels to a number of of Trump’s tweets, together with one during which he wrongly claimed he’d gained the election. 

Twitter additionally examined what labored to assist curb misinformation and what did not. Removing consumer suggestions on who to observe, as an illustration, did not a significant impression on election misinformation. Twitter will undo that change on Thursday. It’ll additionally undo a change it rolled out forward of the election during which solely subjects with extra in-line context have been proven on the “For You” tab that includes trending subjects. 

One characteristic that seemingly labored effectively to sluggish the unfold of deceptive info was one which prompted customers to quote-tweet as an alternative of merely retweet. Now, when individuals hit the retweet button, they’re shown the quote tweet composer and are inspired so as to add their very own remark. The total variety of retweets and quote tweets mixed has since dropped by 20%, Twitter says.

“This change introduced some friction, and gave people an extra moment to consider why and what they were adding to the conversation,” Twitter stated within the weblog publish. “This change slowed the spread of misleading information by virtue of an overall reduction in the amount of sharing on the service.”

Twitter stated it is taking extra time to review the impression of this alteration and, for now, is leaving it in place.

See additionally: President Trump’s legacy: An dependancy to social media whilst he railed towards it


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