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Twitter will stop hiding and restricting false election tweets, including those from Trump

November 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Twitter will no longer hide false or misleading tweets about US election results behind warning labels, as it did with several of President Donald Trump’s tweets this week.

Twitter will no longer hide false or misleading tweets about US election results behind warning labels, as it did with several of President Donald Trump’s tweets this week.

“With the election now called by multiple sources per our public guidelines, we will no longer apply warnings on Tweets commenting on the election outcome,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.

Twitter labeled more than a third of Trump’s tweets since polls closed on Tuesday evening, hiding them behind warnings that stated “some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process” and forcing users to click through to view the tweet.

“This claim about election fraud is disputed,” read a label appended to Trump’s tweet earlier on Saturday that claimed “observers were not allowed into the counting rooms” and “millions of mail-in ballots were sent to people who never asked for them. ” 

Twitter’s public interest policy states that it will allow tweets from elected and government officials to stay up “given the significant public interest in knowing and being able to discuss their actions and statements. ”

Twitter has added labels it is appending to new election misinformation, with language that reads "official sources called this election differently. "

On tweets posted prior to the projection of Biden's victory, such as President Donald Trump’s tweet on Saturday falsely claiming victory, the label reads that "official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted" and also links to the page describing Biden's win.

Twitter has applied warning labels to more than a third of President Donald Trump’s tweets since the final polls closed Tuesday evening, reflecting how Trump and his allies continue to spout misinformation on social media days after Americans cast their ballots.

As of 10 a. m. Eastern on Saturday morning, 16 out of 43 Trump tweets, or 37%, had been labeled by Twitter cautioning users that “some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process. ”

A top election security official reiterated Friday that the Department of Homeland Security and its cyber arm do not print or audit ballots, debunking unverified reports circulating online claiming the agency detected millions of counterfeit ballots while monitoring results.

The tweet from Krebs comes as officials continue to grapple with the flood of online disinformation in the wake of Election Day, including a variety of conspiracies about widespread fraud that have been embraced by President Donald Trump and many of his allies.

Trump Jr. also repeated multiple baseless claims undermining the integrity of the election in the tweet, which was labeled by Twitter as "disputed and might be misleading. "

While there were about 6 million fewer posts about the election on Twitter on Thursday afternoon compared to the previous day, “there has been a dramatic increase in disinformation,” the report said.

Of the 10 most shared links about the 2020 election on Twitter on Thursday, seven were to right-wing websites, per the report.

Many of the top links were articles questioning the integrity of the Presidential election, such as one from The Federalist headlined “Yes, Democrats Are Trying To Steal The Election In Michigan, Wisconsin, And Pennsylvania. ” That link was shared on Twitter by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Twitter applied a label to the tweet that read, “Learn about US 2020 election security efforts” and linked out to its Civic Integrity policy.

Facebook will roll out additional, temporary measures to limit election misinformation on its platform in response to an increased number of misleading claims, the company said Thursday.

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