Just a few days before the next presidential election, Twitter introduced some new alerts that it will show users at the top of their feeds, both with the aim of combating misinformation and helping to keep voters informed. The reason, notes Twitter, is the unprecedented nature of this election, which saw many people voting early in the mail for concerns about exposure to the coronavirus pandemic.
This presidential election season in the United States is different from all previous ones, having played out intensely in recent months amid growing masses of sophisticated advertising made possible by digital technologies, as well as the general social upheaval caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. most devastating.
The coronavirus pandemic means that many people are voting early in the mail, something that has proved controversial for a variety of reasons, including the misinformation widespread on social media. The biggest platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, have taken a series of measures to deal with the potential for electoral interference.
Twitter is the last to make such an announcement, revealing less than two weeks before Election Day in the United States that it will start showing its users two messages at the top of their feeds that inform them of misinformation and possible delays. A prompt explains that the large number of people voting by post may delay the announcement of the election results – a problem that has multiple platforms struggling to ensure that neither party claims victory prematurely.
The other prompt reminds Twitter users that they may encounter misleading news related to postal voting; the alert includes a link that users can click to get additional information about the topic. The prompts are appearing to users starting today, October 26, and will remain until the election results finally arrive.