Twitter to flag 2020 election posts declaring premature victory: report

In preparation for delayed results on Election Day due to millions of mail-in ballots, Twitter said Thursday that it will delete or label posts that claim victory too early, according to a report.

The social network, which already prohibits or flags tweets that sow confusion about voting, will institute new guidelines to take effect next Thursday about posts “claiming victory before election results have been certified” or aiming to “prevent a peaceful transfer of power,” Politico reported.

It will also take similar action against “disputed claims” about the voting process, including “unverified information about election rigging, ballot tampering, vote tallying, or certification of election results.”

“We will not permit our service to be abused around civic processes, most importantly elections,” Twitter said. “Any attempt to do so – both foreign and domestic – will be met with strict enforcement of our rules, which are applied equally and judiciously for everyone.”

Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy said the company is being transparent about the efforts it will take to prevent confusion as voters are expected to shun voting in person in favor of mail-in ballots amid coronavirus fears.

Twitter has taken action against President Trump and his campaign in recent months for posts that “violated its policies” surrounding election information.

Facebook also announced that it will flag any candidates declaring victory early and will ban political ads in the week before the Nov. 3 election.

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