Twitter says it flagged 300,000 “misleading” US election tweets

Twitter described 3,000,000 tweets related to the US presidential election in the two weeks following the vote as “potentially misleading” and made up 0.2 percent of election-related posts, the company said on Thursday.

The social network said the labels were on display between October 27 and November 11, a week before and after the November 3rd US presidential election, which Democrat Joe Biden won against incumbent Donald Trump.

Of the 3,000,000 marked tweets, 456 were covered by an alert and had limited engagement functions. Users couldn’t like, retweet, or reply to the posts, said Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal, policy, trust and security director blog entry.

She estimated that 74 percent of people who saw the problematic tweets did so after being flagged as misleading or flagged with a warning message, and as a result, post share transfers decreased by about 29 percent.

During the election period, Twitter posted messages on American users’ pages that were viewed 389 million times, “reminding people that election results were likely to be delayed and that voting by email is safe and legitimate,” added Gadde .

Almost half of Trump’s tweets were flagged by the platform in the days following the election as the president claimed without evidence that he won and the process was compromised by massive fraud.


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