Twitter received another blast for misinformation, including the false claim that voters can vote after election day.
The company deleted several tweets that contained inaccurate information about when to vote because these posts violated the rules of the social network.
As Americans headed to polls to choose between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The tweets containing false claims contained that people could vote on November 4th, depending on their political party. The poll is close now.
Fake tweets are an example of social networks scrambling to promote on election day. Social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, have rules prohibiting the posting of content designed to suppress voting or to scare people into voting. Twitter’s rules say that it will flag or remove false or misleading information about how to participate in the election.
Twitter has also been tagging and reducing the spread of tweets that contain unverified or false claims about voter fraud in Pennsylvania, Battlefield. The company flagged several tweets from Mike Roman, the director of election day activities for the Trump campaign, which contained misleading claims about the vote.
Roman marked in a tweet with a “”Learn about US 2020 election security efforts” notice, which falsely claimed that Democratic election officials were banning Trump pollsters in Philadelphia. He wrote on Twitter: “The steal is on!”
🚨DEMOCRAT ELECTION OFFICIALS BANNING TRUMP POLL WATCHERS IN PHILLY. This is happening all over the City. The steal is on! https://t.co/sWS9lXL5vh
— Mike Roman (@mikeroman) November 3, 2020
According to PolitiFact, due to a misunderstanding of the law, a polling observer was denied entry to a polling station in Philadelphia. But was allowed to enter another polling station. Zignal Labs analyzed data from social media and news media. The company said on Tuesday that keywords related to “stealing” or “stealing”. It which contained a tag containing allegations that Democrats tried to steal the election had 119,000 today.
CNET found more than two dozen tweets, including false claims that Republicans or Democrats can vote on Wednesday. It is not clear whether these tweets are joking or intended to deceive voters. When asked whether there is irony in Twitter’s rules prohibiting voter suppression, a company spokesperson said that Twitter will delete tweets that violate its rules. The company did not disclose how many of these tweets were deleted, but some of them are still online.
In a tweet that has pulled down, a user falsely claimed that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi passed a bill that gave Democrats an extra day of voting time. Users urged the Democrats to go to the polling station on Wednesday instead of long lines on election day.
In another deleted tweet, a user falsely claimed that Republicans should have voted on Wednesday.
“In order to stop larger groups at the polls because of Covid.” Some tweets still erroneously posted that election day was divided into two days.
Twitter is not the only social network dealing with messy news about voting deadlines. Instagram said that on Tuesday, some users saw a message saying “Tomorrow is election day.”
If they did not restart the application, the message was actually sent on Monday and has been stored in the application’s cache for “a small group of people.”
The notification now reads “It’s the Last Day to Vote.”
Facebook did not answer a question about how many voters suppressed content to remove.
Government officials warned voters on Tuesday that they would receive automated calls from the scam and urged voters to vote on Wednesday due to long queues. According to Reuters, Facebook and Twitter also suspended some right-wing news accounts on Tuesday for violating their regulations.
As opinion polls across the United States continue to close, social networks have been following premature victory claims.
On Tuesday night, Twitter flagged a tweet from the Trump campaign claiming to win in South Carolina.
The label said:
“Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted.”
Twitter said on Monday that it will be determined by results officials if it is announced by a state official or if the call is made by at least two of the seven national news organizations.
These media include ABC, The Associated Press, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC News or Decision Desk HQ. An identical post about South Carolina appeared on Trump’s campaign Facebook page. However, it was not marked as announcing a premature victory. Instead, users are directed to Facebook’s voting information center.
How to identify election misinformation?
You can’t stop Uncle Mike from posting misleading memes, but you can keep informed. In this way, you can avoid spreading false information yourself.
Media literacy experts recommend several techniques to audit the information you find online. First, check the source of the information. You can look up information about potential prejudices or political factions online, which is not obvious in the original post. Some services have created bias ratings for news media and personal stories, including AllSides, NewsGuard, and Ad Fontes Media. The Pew Research Center maps the political tendencies of news consumers to their most trusted media. It can provide you with more background information.
Next, see if you can find the same information reported elsewhere-not just a news report based on the first news report you saw. If you cannot confirm the facts elsewhere, it is best to see if you can find any signs of false reports.
If the content contains images like a photo meme, you can perform a reverse Google image search on the photo to find more information about its origin and true display. You may find that the photo has taken outside of context. Or, it is actually from an old news story on a completely different subject. You can also check sites such as Snopes, which debunk or verify news and memes. You can also check political fact-checking sites such as PolitiFact at the Poynter Institute. It can tell you whether a post or story may be false.