US election: Twitter labels 300,000 misleading tweets, Trump affected


Twitter has announced that it labelled approximately 300,000 tweets about the United States election over the last two weeks.

The tech giant said tweets flagged had “potentially misleading” contents.

Head of Legal, Policy and Trust, Vijaya Gadde, and its Head of Product, Kayvon Beykpour, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

The officials said affected tweets represent 0.2 per cent of no fewer than 150 million U.S. election-related messages.

They recalled that in 2019, the public demanded that Twitter offers context on misleading information.

“This is the exact approach we’ve implemented on Tweets about COVID-19, synthetic and manipulated media, and the 2020 U.S. election that could contribute to offline harm.”

The statement noted that Twitter will continue to apply labels to add context and limit the risk of harmful election misinformation spreading without important context.

Nearly 500 affected tweets received warning messages and had their engagement features limited during the period between October 27 and November 11.

President Donald Trump is one of those affected by the action.

Twitter assured that it would remain vigilant and protect the integrity of the election conversation.

“As we’ve done for many elections around the world, we will produce a longer-form retrospective of all of our work around the 2020 U.S. Election in early 2021″, Gadde and Beykpour said.


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