Hours after Twitter announced it would preemptively debunk false information about voting by mail and election results, the tech company quickly put a label on one of President Donald Trump’s tweets.
“Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd,” Trump tweeted at 7:43 p.m. EDT Monday.
Less than 30 minutes later, Twitter had put this label on the tweet: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process.” It also put a prompt with more information on the security of voting by mail.
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Twitter said Monday it will introduce prompts to U.S. users “that preemptively address topics that are likely to be the subject of election misinformation.”
“These prompts will alert people that they may encounter misinformation, and provide them with credible, factual information on the subject,” Twitter said in a statement.
A second prompt planned for this week will address early election results.
The messages will appear on the home timelines of all U.S. users as well as within search results related to the election.
Twitter, as well as Facebook, Google and other social media platforms, have attempted to crack down on misinformation as the 2020 election looms next Tuesday.
Facebook has said it has taken steps to keep political candidates and their campaigns from using its social media platforms to cast doubt on the election and its outcome. It has also prepared emergency “break-glass” measures to restrict content on its platforms if civil unrest and violence erupt following the presidential election.
Contributing: Jessica Guynn and Brett Molina, USA TODAY
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