In order to safeguard against candidates prematurely reporting on election results, Twitter has updated its rules.
Politico reports that the social media platform will label or remove any posts that declare a candidate's victory in the general election before the results are made official.
The new rules will take effect next Thursday, according to Politico. Twitter will either put a warning label on or take down posts “claiming victory before election results have been certified” or seeking to “prevent a peaceful transfer of power,” the company said in a blog post.
In addition, Twitter will either remove or mark posts that contain “unverified information about election rigging, ballot tampering, vote tallying, or certification of election results.”
Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy said the updated rules will expand on the types of misleading election-related tweets the company will act on. In addition, the guidelines will describe in more detail what kind of posts will trigger action from Twitter.
The new rules will apply globally to both everyday users, political candidates, and elected officials, Kennedy told Politico.
Twitter’s announcement follows a similar one made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week. Facebook indicated it will add labels to posts from candidates that try to “declare victory before the results are in.”
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