Twitter reveals US medium-term integrity plans, angering everyone • The Register

Twitter has announced its plans to combat misinformation during the 2022 US midterm elections, including activating its Civic Integrity Policy (CIP).

That CIPfirst enacted in 2018, “covers the most common types of harmful misleading information about elections and civic events,” according to the social media company said in a statement on the policy changes.

As part of its efforts to flag disinformation, Twitter plans to, among other things, flag Tweets as inaccurate, remove certain content from recommendations, and prevent Tweets flagged as misleading or incorrect from being liked or shared.

The CIP has previously been applied to elections around the world, including in the Philippines, Kenya, Brazil and India last year, Twitter said. “Today, as we do before any other global election, we are enabling enforcement of our Civic Integrity Policy for the 2022 US midterm elections,” Twitter said.

It’s not clear if Twitter fully implemented the CIP for previous US elections. We’ve asked about Twitter’s broader use of the policy, but haven’t received a response yet.

Twitter’s plans to encourage ‘healthy citizen conversation’

“Twitter plays a critical role in empowering democratic conversations…People deserve to trust the election conversations and content they encounter on Twitter,” the social network said in a statement.

As mentioned above, the CIP casts a wide net. Basically, Twitter describes the policy through saying: “You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering with elections or other civic processes,” giving Twitter great latitude.

Twitter’s efforts also include redesigned labels for misinformation, which it introduced late last year. The social network claims a 17 percent increase in clicks on debunking links, as well as a double-digit drop in engagement with flagged tweets.

Twitter is also bringing back “prebunks,” aimed at getting ahead of misleading narratives. “In the coming months, we will place prompts right on people’s timelines in the US and in search when people type related terms, phrases or hashtags,” Twitter said.

State and location-specific civic event centers are serviced that feature real-time election news from state officials and local news organizations. Twitter also has plans to launch a national events page.

Twitter is also expanding with a dedicated election Explore tab where users can find voter education PSAs, localized news, and curated national news.

Twitter also mentioned candidate account labels, which it has been using since May to ensure credentials, and said it is working to improve recommendations to further de-promote misleading tweets. Early tests of the new recommendation system in the US and Brazil show impressions on misleading information fell by 1.6 million per month, according to Twitter.

Twitter is also adding additional safeguards for government officials, candidates and journalist accounts to prevent a pre-election takeover.

Can Twitter get rid of misinformation?

Twitter is in the spotlight since the 2016 electionswhen it turned out that Russian bot accounts succeeded spread misinformation around the site, amassing hundreds of thousands of followers, likes, and favorites of tweets that Twitter later claimed were false.

Things only got worse after the 2020 election for the platform, which took a hit for a variety of reasons, including labeling a couple of then-President Donald Trump as inaccurateand later ban him from the platform.

answers of consumers discussing the company’s medium-term plans appear largely unsupportive, with Twitter users saying, among other things, that they lack confidence in the company’s ability to decide what is reliable news and are attacking it Conservatives, dystopia and elections denote manipulation.

Speaking to Reuters, Yosef Getachew, director of the media and democracy program at the bipartisan group Common Sense, said: said Twitter isn’t doing enough by including links to refuting articles and should instead remove false posts entirely.

“It’s not enough to point them to other sources,” Getachew said.

In the same Reuters story, deputy senior campaign director for black civil rights group Color of Change, Evan Feeney, said he’d noticed the same patterns unfolding in 2022 and argued that tweeting should be held at a higher level by world leaders and politicians .

“Twitter has the responsibility and ability to stop misinformation at the source,” Feeny told Reuters. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/08/12/twitter_midterm_integrity_plan/ Twitter reveals US medium-term integrity plans, angering everyone • The Register

Laura Coffey

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