Twitter Says It Tagged 300,000 US Election Tweets ‘Misleading’
Twitter called 3 million tweets related to the US presidential election “potentially misleading” in the two weeks surrounding the vote, accounting for 0.2 percent of election-related posts, the company said Thursday. .
The social network said the tags were issued between October 27 and November 11, a week before and after the November 3 US presidential election, which Democrat Joe biden won over the headline Donald trump.
Of the 3 million flagged tweets, 456 were covered by a warning message and had limited engagement features, users could not like, retweet or reply to posts, said Vijaya Gadde, head of legal, policy and trust and Twitter security, in a blog post.
He estimated that 74 percent of people who viewed the problematic tweets did so after being labeled as misleading or flagged with a warning message, and as a result, post sharing decreased by about 29 percent.
During the election period, Twitter posted messages on US user pages that were viewed 389 million times that “reminded people that the election results would likely be delayed and that voting by mail is safe and legitimate,” added Gadde. .
Almost half of Trump’s tweets were flagged by the platform in the days after the elections, as the president claimed, without evidence, that he had won and that the process had been affected by massive fraud.