Twitter announced on Monday, its policies before the U.S. elections to include specific rules that detailed how it would handle tweets making claims about election results before they were official.
The tweets are eligible to be labeled if the account has a U.S. 2020 candidate label, including presidential candidates and campaigns, meaning the Trump and Biden campaigns will not be immune to the new policies, the firm reported.
On other hand, the minimum is either 25,000 Likes or 25,000 Quote Tweets plus Retweets, the company reported. This aims to clamp down on allowing misinformation to go viral.
Moreover, Twitter noted it would consider state election officials and national news outlets such as ABC News, Associated Press, CNN and Fox News that have independent election decision desks as official sources for results.
In addition, the social media companies are under pressure to combat election-related misinformation and prepare for the possibility of violence or poll place intimidation around the November vote.
Earlier, Facebook announced that it will ban all political election, and social issue ads after the US presidential election that will held Today, in order to curb misinformation. This came with tensions rising between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Sen. Joe Biden.
The company reported, on election day, Facebook will remove implicit calls to visit polling places to intimidate voters that use militarized language such as “army” or “battle.” Also, Facebook will notify users of the latest results at the top of news feeds on Facebook and Instagram.
A few weeks ago, we announced how we will handle Tweets about US election results.
We want to remind you what to expect and share a preview of the labels we may apply. 🧵https://t.co/Fuawn83HrM
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 2, 2020