Twitter outlines how it will label tweets claiming early US election victory

Twitter outlines how it will label tweets claiming early US election victory

11/02/2020

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Twitter has outlined a plan for placing warning labels on tweets from US election candidates and campaigns that claim victory in advance of official results.

The move comes as the social network braces for what it has called an unusual election due to a high number of mail-in ballots that may cause a delay in final results.

There is a high chance that the election result between Joe Biden and Donald Trump won’t be known on November 3.Credit:Shutterstock

Beginning on election night through to the inauguration, Twitter said it would place warning labels such as "official sources called this election differently", or "official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted".

US-based accounts with more than 100,000 followers and a significant engagement will also be considered for labelling, Twitter said.

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.

In an updated blog, the company said 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.



Their official Twitter accounts will be exempted from labelling, the company said.

The move is a response to increasing worries that an election result won't be reflected on November 3, as states take longer to count an unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots.

It was updated on Monday after reports that Trump privately told associates he intends to declare victory if the results show him ahead, even if the outcome isn't yet known. Trump denied the report, but also criticised the counting of late-arriving ballots as "terrible" and said his campaign intended to fight it.

"My response is the President is not going to steal this election," Democrat Joe Biden told reporters during a campaign stop in Philadelphia.

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