Google And Twitter Vow To Block Voting Misinformation. Twitter is an American social networking and microblogging service, where users post and interact using messages known as tweets. Users who are registered can post, like, and also retweet tweets, but unregistered users can read-only. You can access the platform through its website, SMS, or its mobile app. It was founded on March 21, 2006, by Noah Glass, Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and Jack Dorsey.
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These messaging platform has vowed to block voting misinformation. BBC has the news in detail, so ensure to read to the end.
Google And Twitter Vow To Block Voting Misinformation
According to BBC the two messaging platforms (Google and Twitter) said they are clamping down further on misinformation online ahead of the US presidential election. The platforms expect a flood of false claims and misleading posts ahead of the November vote.
Twitter said it plans to aggressively label and remove election-related tweets that are inaccurate. While Google said it would screen more auto-complete results to avoid voters being misled, particularly over reports claiming an early victory. One of their major concern is that the widespread use of mail ballots in the US election due to the pandemic could cause significant delays in tallying results. The experts fear this could allow misinformation to gain traction.
However, on Thursday Google said that incorrect info about election results would not show up in searches.
The changes Twitter made could also affect tweets claiming victory before election results have been certified, along with misleading posts about ballot tampering.
Social media platforms have been under pressure to combat misinformation after US intelligence agencies determined Russia used their platforms to meddle in the presidential election in 2016.
Twitter wrote in a blog “We will not permit our service to be abused around civic processes, most important elections. Ant attempt to do so, both foreign and domestic- will be met with strict enforcement of our rules, which are applied equally and judiciously for everybody.”
Microsoft warned that hackers with ties to Russia, Iran, and China were making an attempt to snoop on people and groups involved with the US 2020 presidential election.
Moreover, the US tech firm said that Russian hackers who breached the 2016 democratic campaign were involved again.
Twitter suspended 5 accounts from the same network. The operation centered around PeaceData, which claimed to be a non-profit news website in English and Arabic.
The platform has clashed in recent months with President Trump, who has posted frequently about potential fraud in the coming election as he criticized Twitter for flagging his posts.
Changes In Search Result
Google’s changes to autocomplete results. This predicts what users are searching for, it will take off predictions that could be interpreted as claims for or against any candidate or political party.
It simply means the tech giant will remove a function that attempts to predict and complete search terms when people look up the status for this information.