Twitter said Thursday it will reactivate its “Civic Integrity Policy” on the social media site to prevent “misleading information about elections” in the runup to the November 2022 midterms.
In a blog post, the company proclaimed itself as “the place to find real-time, realiable information” about the elections and that its policy, first enacted in 2018, “covers the most common types of harmful misleading information about elections and civic events.”
The policy prohibits users from posting “misleading content intended to dissuade people” from voting and “claims intended to undermine public confidence in an election, including false information about the outcome of an election.”
The last phrase was interpreted by many as a swipe at former President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election was rife with fraud.
“Reminder that talking about hunter's laptop in the run up to the election was considered misleading and nobody from Twitter has even once mentioned it, let alone claimed they are not going to repeat the ‘mistake,’” one Twitter user wrote.
The reference was to President Joe Biden’s son and his computer, mentioning the reporting of which by the New York Post before the 2020 election was subsequently blocked by Twitter.
While criticized by many Democrats and liberal pundits for not previously doing enough to halt the spread of “misinformation” on many subjects, from elections to COVID claims, conservatives and Republicans have repeatedly accused Twitter of censoring their use of the platform.
“Cool. Twitter admitting they’re going to interfere in the 2022 midterm election,” another Twitter user wrote. “Reminder of misinformation they amplified under the guise of combatting misleading claims: '50 former intelligence agents say that Hunter Biden’s laptop is classic Russian disinformation.'”
All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be at stake on Nov. 8 and about a third of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate.
Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the service last year, citing the risk of "further incitement of violence" days after supporters of the then-president stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Twitter said it will use “prebunks … to get ahead of misleading narratives” and offer “media literacy tips and suggestions, like how to spot misinformation.”
Tweets it deems to include false information may be labeled with links to "credible information or helpful context," Twitter said.
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