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Twitter says flagged 300,000 'misleading' election tweets

WASHINGTON — Twitter labelled 300,000 tweets related to the US presidential election as "potentially misleading" in the two weeks surrounding the vote, making up 0.2 per cent of election-related posts, the company said Thursday (Nov 12).

Nearly half of US President Donald Trump's tweets were flagged by Twitter in the days following the election, as he claimed, without evidence, that he had won and that the process had been tainted by massive fraud. AFP

Nearly half of US President Donald Trump's tweets were flagged by Twitter in the days following the election, as he claimed, without evidence, that he had won and that the process had been tainted by massive fraud. AFP

WASHINGTON — Twitter labelled 300,000 tweets related to the US presidential election as "potentially misleading" in the two weeks surrounding the vote, making up 0.2 per cent of election-related posts, the company said Thursday (Nov 12).

The social network said the labels were issued between Oct 27 and Nov 11, one week before and after the US presidential election on Nov 3 — which Democrat Joe Biden won over incumbent Mr Donald Trump.

Of the 300,000 flagged tweets, 456 were covered over by a warning message and had engagement features limited — users could not like, retweet or reply to the posts, said Ms Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy and trust and safety, in a blog post.

She estimated that 74 per cent of people who saw the problematic tweets did so after they had been labelled as misleading or flagged with a warning message, and sharing of the posts, as a result, declined by about 29 per cent.

During the election period, Twitter posted messages on American users' pages which were seen 389 million times that "reminded people that election results were likely to be delayed, and that voting by mail is safe and legitimate," Ms Gadde added.

Nearly half of Mr Trump's tweets were flagged by the platform in the days following the election, as the US President claimed, without evidence, that he had won and that the process had been tainted by massive fraud. AFP

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