Voting Rights Experts Criticize Twitter’s Plan To Fight Misinformation

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Civil and voting rights experts have criticized Twitter’s decision to fight the spread of misinformation in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.

Civil rights and online misinformation experts say Twitter and other technology platforms are not doing enough to prevent the spread of false content. They warn that misinformation could pose an even greater challenge this year, as candidates who question the 2020 election are running for office and divisive rhetoric is spreading.

While Twitter claimed that a test of redesigned labels had found a decline in retweets, likes and responses to misleading content by users, researchers accused Twitter and other platforms of having a bad reputation for consistently labelling such content.

Twitter’s practice of removing some tweets from world leaders in the name of public interest has also been questioned by experts.

For Yosef Getachew, program director for media and democracy at the nonpartisan group Common Cause, more emphasis should be placed on eliminating false and misleading posts.

Twitter plans to apply its civic integrity policy introduced in 2018 to the November 8 midterm elections, which will flag or remove posts with misleading content that focus on messages intended to stop voting or claims intended to undermine public confidence in an election.

The sources for this piece include an article in Reuters.

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