Oct 9, 2020

Twitter tries to stop early US election victory claims

Twitter will also temporarily change the way retweets work - prompting users to "Quote tweet" and add their own thoughts before spreading a message. On top of its ban on "Premature" claims of victory, Twitter said it would also remove any tweets that incited interference with election results, "Such as through violent action". "Under this policy, we will label Tweets that falsely claim a win for any candidate and will remove Tweets that encourage violence or call for people to interfere with election results or the smooth operation of polling places," the company said in a blog post. Tweets from major accounts - such as US politicians or US-based accounts with more than 100,000 followers - will also only have the option to "Quote tweet" on labelled tweets. The social network said it wouldn't recommend such tweets to new people through its algorithms.

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