Twitter has said that it intends to expand its rules against misinformation concerning mail-in ballots and early voting in the United States elections this year.
The move, reported earlier by political publication Politico and confirmed by a Twitter executive, will involve coming up with fresh policies “that emphasise accurate information about all available options to vote, including by mail and early voting.”
“Ahead of the 2020 US Election, we’re focused on empowering every eligible person to register and vote through partnerships, tools and new policies,” Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Twitter’s vice president for public policy at the Americas, told journalists in an Email.
The social media platform also said it would roll out steps on new tools, policies, and voting resources in the next month.
Twitter said it is exploring how to expand its “civic integrity policies” to tackle mischaracterisations of mail-in voting and other procedures, including registration. The finer details of the measure are still being finalised.
US President Trump has claimed without proof that voting by mail, which can be anticipated to grow dramatically this fall because of coronavirus outbreak, is vulnerable to large scale fraud.
Voting by mail is not new in the United States — almost one in four voters cast 2016 presidential ballots that way.
Routine methods as well as the decentralised character of United States elections make it rather difficult to interfere with sent ballots, experts say.
Late last month, Facebook Inc put a “voting info” tag on a post by Trump that stated mail-in voting could lead to a “CORRUPT ELECTION.”
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Twitter to expand rules against misinformation on mail-in voting‘ article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru. Editing by Gerry Doyle.
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