Saturday, May 18, 2024

Twitter Takes ‘Steps’ to ‘Protect’ Midterm Elections

'They also plan to "educate" users on how to identify fake news... '

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Twitter, which has been widely criticized for censoring conservative thought, made an announcement about several new measures it will be implementing to allegedly “protect civic conversation” as midterm elections come closer.

According to the Daily Wire, Twitter staff said users “deserve to trust the election conversations and content they encounter” on the platform.

In the announcement, which was titled “Our approach to the 2022 US midterms,” the company stated that they will attempt “to enable healthy civic conversation on Twitter, while ensuring people have the context they need to make informed decisions.”

Specifically, the company plans to enforce its “Civic Integrity Policy,” which is designed to combat “harmful misleading information.”

Although there is no explanation of what “harmful misleading information” is, Twitter will be blocking accounts from sharing information or content it deems false.

“People on Twitter will see a prompt prior to liking or sharing labeled tweets, and in cases where there is potential for harm associated with the false or misleading claim, the Tweet may not be liked or shared to prevent the spread of the misleading information,” Twitter claimed.

The site is also restoring “prebunks,” which will preemptively address topics that “may be the subject of misinformation.”

Twitter will be placing prompts on people’s timelines and in the Search function when related terms, phrases and hashtags are typed.

They also plan to “educate” users on how to identify fake news.

“Keep an eye on @TwitterSafety for media literacy tips and suggestions, like how to spot misinformation, which were developed in partnership with educational experts,” Twitter said.

Twitter has censored articles during election season before, most notably blocking the New York Post story about then-presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son.

The article, focused on Hunter’s infamous laptop, was blocked under the guise that it was simply based on “rumors” or contained “potentially hacked information,” despite no information to suggest that was the case.

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