Twitter Announces How They’re Policing Content Ahead Of Midterms

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Twitter announced Thursday how the social media platform plans to manage content ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

The announcement is part of the process taken by the platform to “protect civic conversation” ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November, according to a blog post by Twitter. The platform is “activating enforcement” of its Civic Integrity Policy, which pertains to what Twitter’s team believes is misleading information, suppression of information, and other processes related to civic engagement.

For example, Twitter will label or remove “misleading claims that polling places are closed, that polling has ended, or other misleading information relating to votes not being counted,” as well as “misleading information intended to undermine public confidence in an election or other civic process.”

The platform will soon release a number of product updates, some of which we’ve seen before. Twitter is officially bringing back “prebunks” in order to “get ahead of misleading narratives on Twitter” as part of a preemptive strike against “topics that may be the subject of misinformation,” the blog post continued.

Protecting accounts of “government officials, candidates for office, journalists, and more” ahead of the midterms is also part of the latest updates. This does not mean Twitter will be allowing for political advertising or promotion, but it will apparently be easier to see whether a candidate is running for office or not, according to the site’s civic integrity page. (RELATED: Jack Dorsey Is Finally Clear On His Future With Twitter)

Users are told to follow one of Twitter’s accounts for tips on “media literacy” and for suggestions on how to spot what the platform considers to be misinformation. The account was developed with currently unnamed “educational experts,” according to the platform.

Twitter did not immediately return a comment to the Daily Caller clarifying their definition of “misinformation.”