Twitter will add an app banner providing details about election outcomes and voting by mail. The banners will seem on the house timelines of all US-based customers, they usually’ll pop up when folks seek for election-related phrases or hashtags.
Twitter says the new pop-ups “preemptively address topics that are likely to be the subject of election misinformation.” One of the two banners reassures customers that voting by mail is secure and safe. The different informs folks that election outcomes is probably not introduced straight away. Both hyperlink to Twitter Moments that Twitter will populate with up-to-date details about voting and outcomes.
Neither banner addresses particular false statements. Instead, Twitter warns customers broadly about seeing “unconfirmed claims” that mail-in voting is fraudulent or a particular candidate has gained their race. Twitter already removes or labels tweets that promote false claims about voting. It’s additionally made momentary interface adjustments before the election, aiming to extend knowledgeable engagement with tweets.
Facebook has introduced the same banner for the US presidential election, telling Facebook and Instagram customers whether or not votes are nonetheless being counted. Both platforms are positioning themselves as dependable sources of data on election night time — as a substitute of potential vectors for misinformation. “People rely on Twitter for accurate, credible information about how to vote, and the latest election news, and we believe it’s critical that we make it easy for people to find that information,” a Twitter spokesperson says.