Twitter promises action against fake news ahead of 2021 assembly elections

Updated:2 months, 3 weeks ago

New Delhi, Mar 25 (ANI): As the upcoming assembly elections in India are fast approaching, microblogging platform Twitter announced that it has implemented significant product, policy, and enforcement updates to keep the service safe from attempts to manipulate the platform. With the 2021 Assembly Elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Puducherry a few days away, Twitter has shown its commitment towards "empowering democratic conversations, facilitating meaningful political debate, and driving civic participation during elections." Twitter stated that it has set up a global cross-functional team to keep the provide service safe from attempts to manipulate the platform and content that might incite violence, abuse, and threats and trigger the risk of offline harm. In order to tackle the spread of misinformation with just a few days left to go to elections, Twitter in an official statement stated that its goal is to make it easy to find credible information on its platform while limiting the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content. Detailing its new updated policy, Twitter said that it will be removing content that manipulates or interferes with elections, and is false or contains misleading information. It will be strictly monitoring content related to procedures for participating in the election process or any false information intended to intimidate or dissuade people from participating in the elections and voting. It will also look into accounts that misrepresent their affiliation with a political candidate or party. Regarding manipulated content, Twitter said in its statement that it will label synthetic and manipulated media and link it to a Twitter Moment to give people additional context. The statement read, "Twitter has zero tolerance for platform manipulation and spam."

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