Twitter imposes restrictions and more warning labels ahead of US election

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Twitter Inc said on Friday it’ll remove tweets calling for people to interfere with the US presidential election or implementation of election results, such as through violence, since the company also announced more labels and limitations to slow the spread of misinformation.

Twitter said in a blog post which, from next week, users will get a prompt pointing them to plausible info before they can retweet content that’s been labelled as misleading.

It would add more warnings and limitations on tweets with misleading data labels from US political characters like candidates and campaigns, as well as US-based accounts with over 100,000 followers or that get “significant engagement.”

Twitter, which recently told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters that it had been analysing how to produce its tagging more obvious and direct, said individuals might have to tap through warnings to observe these tweets. Users may also simply ‘quote tweet’ this information, as likes, retweets and answers will probably be turned off.

Twitter says it has tagged thousands of misleading posts, though most focus was around the labels applied to tweets by President Trump. Twitter also stated it would label tweets that falsely claim a win to get any candidate.

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The social media company announced several temporary steps to slow people’s amplification of articles: for example, from October the 20th to at least the conclusion of this US election week, global users pressing ‘retweet’ will be directed directly to the “quote tweet” button to support people to add their own commentary.

It will also stop surfacing trending topics without additional circumstance, and will prevent people seeing ‘liked by’ recommendations from people they do not know in their timeline.

Social networking companies are under pressure to fight election-related misinformation and get ready for the possibility of violence or survey place intimidation across the November vote.

On Wednesday, Facebook said it would ban calls for poll seeing with “militarized language“.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Nick Zieminski.

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