Twitter is updating its platform with a new feature that’ll allow users to report an attempt to mislead voters as the largest election in the world is underway in India. This feature will be available in India from April 25 and in EU from April 29.
The micro-blogging social networking platform has witnessed an aggressive spread of misleading information through hundreds of thousands of accounts, a lot of which have been found to be automated bot accounts spreading political propaganda.
In the bid to curb the spread of misleading information on Twitter, especially during the Indian Lok Sabha elections of 2019, Twitter has created a dedicated feature on its platform that’ll allow users to easily report misleading content.
“You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections. This is in addition to our existing proactive approach to tackling malicious automation and other forms of platform manipulation on the service,” Twitter stated.
The option to report misinformation on Twitter is first being rolled out in India on April 25, followed by a rollout in EU on April 29. The feature will also be rolled out to places where elections are going to happen throughout 2019.
How to report misleading posts on Twitter?
You can report posts that you feel have misleading information on the Twitter app and desktop following these steps:
- Tap on the drop-down menu located the top-right of a tweet
- Tap on ‘report tweet’
- Select ‘It’s misleading about voting’
- Select the option that you think is relevant and allows Twitter to understand how it may be misleading
- Hit submit
What type of content can be reported?
According to Twitter, the following type of content will be considered in violation of their community rules.
- Incorrect and misleading information about how to vote or how to register to vote can be reported.
- Incorrect and misleading information about the requirements to cast a vote, including the identification required, can be reported.
- Incorrect and misleading information about the official date and time of the election in a particular place can be reported
“Voting is a fundamental human right and the public conversation occurring on Twitter is never more important than during elections. Any attempts to undermine the process of registering to vote or engaging in the electoral process is contrary to our company’s core values.”
CEO Jack Dorsey also met with US President Donald Trump in the White House yesterday to discuss Twitter and “and the world of social media in general”.