Twitter stated Monday it will start putting messages on the prime of customers’ feeds to pre-emptively debunk false details about voting by mail and election outcomes, an escalation of the tech firm’s battle in opposition to misinformation.
Twitter is looking the messages a “pre-bunk,” one thing it says it has by no means carried out, as a result of the debunking just isn’t a response to an current tweet with misinformation.
“Election consultants verify that voting by mail is secure and safe, even with a rise in mail-in ballots,” one of many messages scheduled to go reside Monday reads. “Even so, you would possibly encounter unconfirmed claims that voting by mail results in election fraud forward of the 2020 US elections.” The message has a button to steer customers to extra data.
A second message, additionally within the prime location on the prime of customers’ feeds, is scheduled to go reside Wednesday and tackle misinformation concerning the timing of election outcomes, the corporate stated in an announcement.
Each messages will probably be proven to all customers within the U.S., the corporate stated. “These prompts will alert those that they might encounter misinformation, and supply them with credible, factual data on the topic,” Twitter stated.
Twitter, Fb, Google and different tech corporations are racing to make last-minute adjustments to organize their providers for an anticipated rise in misinformation, election interference and even civil unrest as officers put together to start counting votes Nov. 3.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that voting by mail is prone to result in an uptick in fraud. Quite a few research have debunked the idea that there’s substantial, widespread voter fraud in American elections, whether or not they’re carried out predominantly by mail or in any other case.