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Twitter to implement systems policing misinformation during 2020 election

In an effort to curb misinformation during the 2020 presidential election, Twitter is implementing a slew of new features aimed at policing false info.


As the presidential race for 2020 nears a boiling point, correct and accurate information is arguably more crucial than ever. Twitter hasn’t always been on the right side of that argument when it comes to policing the more vitriolic voices of its platform, but it’s promising to enact various policies and systems that will hopefully aid in proper information up to and during the results of the election.

Twitter announced its new initiative regarding election policies and system updates in a lengthy post on the official Twitter blog on October 9, 2020. The blog lays stresses the importance of accurate information during this upcoming election, as well as what Twitter intends to do about it. It ranges from dismissing or de-recommending premature and unconfirmed results to labeling misinformative tweets with Disputed labels and directing users to correct information. Both tweets sharing misinformation and tweets that encourage electoral interference will fall under scrutiny in these new policies. The latter tweets will be outright removed if found in violation of Twitter’s initiative to keep information accurate and curb any kind of interference.

Twitter's new policies and systems will limit views to the posting of disinformation about the 2020 election.
Twitter's new policies and systems will limit views to the posting of disinformation about the 2020 election.

Twitter’s efforts to regulate this topic will likely be a difficult field to police, giving the number of bots and bad actors constantly circulating and repeating various bits of bad info. Moreover, Twitter could find itself under further scrutiny from government officials who have already taken issue with Twitter moderation in the past. Twitter is, after all, one of three companies (the others being Facebook and Google) who were subpoenaed to appear before Senate over liability laws protecting platforms from responsibility for moderation and the content posted by their users.

Regardless, it’s hard to argue that Twitter’s effort to maintain a more accurate and less toxic space leading up to the 2020 election isn’t warranted. Whether it will come out without any kind of backlash or consequence is another story.

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TJ Denzer is a player and writer with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. He found his way to the Shacknews roster in late 2019 and has worked his way to Senior News Editor since. Between news coverage, he also aides notably in livestream projects like the indie game-focused Indie-licious, the Shacknews Stimulus Games, and the Shacknews Dump. You can reach him at and also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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    October 9, 2020 1:20 PM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Twitter to implement systems policing misinformation during 2020 election

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      October 9, 2020 1:23 PM

      Twitter disables core features of their business model that they recognize are deleterious to functioning democratic societies. They'll be re-enabling the features in the near future. All is well.

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        October 9, 2020 1:27 PM

        They are doing the right thing, even if it's only temporary.

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          October 9, 2020 1:32 PM

          If an industrial company stops dumping toxic waste into the town resovoir voluntarily for a few months while the state fair is gearing up and creating extra attention on the area I'm not really excited by their behavior. It just reinforces that the company is well aware of what they're doing and its negative effects on everyone else.

          If jack announces they've realized that engagement is a fundamentally dangerous metric to drive at all costs and outlines what competing metrics they will use to offset engagement and drive the share price in the future then we can get excited. Otherwise this is just an announcement that they're pausing toxic waste dumping for a few months.

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      October 9, 2020 3:35 PM

      I love how they have said they will temporarily change the timeline to not show "liked by" or "xx follows" stuff and 100% of the responses are "make it permanent".

      Curated 'timelines' are the bane of all social media. Thankfully twitter makes it easy to go back to a real timeline and stick with it but hopefully they make this change permanent.

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      October 10, 2020 5:32 AM


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