Twitter launches new guidelines to reduce the Spread of Misinformation
Twitter launched prominent new reminders warning people to be wary of potential misinformation on the social media site — the company’s latest effort to try to tamp down swirling rumors and potential misinformation during the election.
The prompts will be available in multiple languages and will appear in the home timeline of every person with a Twitter account located within the US, as well as in Search when people enter related terms, phrases or hashtags.
#Election2020 is unlike any other in US history. With so many more people voting by mail and potentially delayed results, starting today, we’ll show you prompts in your Home timeline and Search to help you stay informed on these critical topics. pic.twitter.com/OAtbnoa70W— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 26, 2020
The prompts are the latest in a wide range of features that Twitter's added for the election, including its Election Hub information tool and its alerts calling on all users to vote in the poll.
The features are all part of social media companies’ push to limit misinformation on their sites in the run-up and aftermath of Election Day. Social media experts have warned of the speed with which misinformation can spread, with the potential to change social discourse, especially during moments of political importance.