With the US presidential election’s result on its way, there have been a lot of misinformation that social media giant Twitter had to deal with – including false claims about voters being able to still cast their votes even after the Election Day.
The company probably uses an algorithm to pull down numerous tweets which passes false information about when citizens are able to vote.
There were tweets about Voters being able to still cast their votes even on the 4th of November. According to some of these false claims, voters will be able to cast their votes even after the election date depending on their political party.
Much like the 2016 Presidential election, misinformation was a very big issue that social media companies like Facebook and Twitter had to deal with and this is yet another one on the year 2020.
There were rules on sites like Facebook and Twitter which go against people posting content designed to suppress voting or intimidate people from casting their ballots. Twitter’s rules say it’ll label or remove false or misleading information about how to participate in an election.
Another way Twitter had gone about fighting this off includes reducing the reach of tweets which contain unverified or false claims about voter fraud in Pennsylvania which is the election battleground.
The company in fact labeled several of President Trump’s campaign director of Election Day operations Mike Roman’s tweet which is said to contain misleading claims about voting.
In one tweet that was labeled with a notice that states “Learn about US 2020 election security efforts,” Roman falsely claims that Democrat election officials are banning Trump poll watchers in Philadelphia. “The steal is on!,” he tweeted.
The intention of tweets which claims that voters can still cast their ballot on Wednesday could probably be joke or just plain misleading to deceive voters.
When asked if there was an exception for satire in Twitter’s rules against voter suppression, a company spokesman said Twitter will remove tweets that violate its rules. The company didn’t say how many of these tweets have been removed, but some of them remain online.
There was in fact a claim that stated that the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had passed a bill which gave Democrats an extra day to cast their votes. With that, the user who made the false claims stated that Democrats can still cast their ballot on Wednesday rather than waiting on Election Day.
In another removed tweet, a user falsely claimed that Republicans are supposed to vote on Wednesday “in order to stop larger groups at the polls because of Covid.” Some of the tweets that are still up falsely state that Election Day was split into two days for each party.
Meanwhile there have also being such going on Instagram with misleading information and false claims. Meanwhile Facebook on its own had constantly battled this as well even though the company didn’t state how much voter suppression content were removed.
There was also an official warning from the government on Tuesday which warned voters about receiving scam robocalls which urge them to vote on Wednesday due to long queues.
Facebook and Twitter also suspended several right-wing news accounts on Tuesday for violating its rules, Reuters reported.
As polls continue to close across the US, social networks are also keeping their eye on premature claims of victory.
On Tuesday night, Twitter labeled a tweet from the Trump campaign that claimed victory in South Carolina. “Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted,” the label stated.
Twitter stated that it will only consider a result official when its announced by a state official or announced by at least two of the big seven national news outlet which includes the likes of ABC, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC News or Decision Desk HQ.