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Twitter launches new tool to combat misinformation about voting
The site has been dealing with the spread of misinformation.
Twitter announced on Wednesday that it launched a new tool for users to report misleading election information.
The tool is being rolled out in India, where a general election is occurring, and Europe ahead of its parliamentary elections next month. The social media giant said it would expand the tool into other countries “throughout the rest of the year.”
“Today, we are further expanding our enforcement capabilities in this area by creating a dedicated reporting feature within the product to allow users to more easily report this content to us,” the company wrote in a blog post.
Users can now click on a new drop-down button when reporting a tweet that says it was “misleading about voting.” It also allows for users to add comments about the tweet before reporting it to Twitter.
Public conversation on Twitter is never more important than during elections. Today, we’re launching a new reporting feature to tackle deliberate attempts to mislead about voting. We’ll start with #LokSabhaElections2019 & #EUelections2019 https://t.co/rDdEwX3FcR pic.twitter.com/jrLOc3k1hC
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 24, 2019
The feature only is focused on tweets that are misleading about voting, and not other misinformation that has swirled on the platform during campaigns and elections.
The tool’s launch comes as social media websites have faced pressure amid misinformation being spread on their platforms. During the 2016 presidential election, Russian actors allegedly used social media to spread misinformation and sow discord.
In the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections, the company deleted 10,000 accounts that tried to deter voters from heading to the polls.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).