Social media giant Twitter on Tuesday announced the creation of a “2020 US Election Center” to streamline the voting process. It will provide information about registration, candidates, and early voting options.
We also know that sometimes it can be difficult to get reliable news and accurate information that people need to meet the registration deadline and participate with confidence.
Users will find the hub at the top of the app’s “Explore” tab, which includes news in English and Spanish, live streams of discussion, and public service announcements made with “information from non-partisan government and voting advocates organizations.” blog post.
The announcement comes at a time when the forum is tightening its rules against misinformation in voting and interference in elections. To help ensure accurate information, Twitter blocks political advertisements, categorizes candidates, government accounts, and removes harmful and misleading content.
The first public service announcements released on Tuesday contain information on absentee ballots by mail. President Trump, who is a frequent Twitter user, misquoted mail ballots and cited a high chance of inaccuracy and fraud without evidence.
Bloomberg recently criticized Attorney General William Barr’s ballot paper in the mail. Barr claimed that foreign rivals could issue counterfeit American ballot papers through the mail to interfere with the election results. Election officials say this type of large-scale fraud would be “logically impossible”.
Foreign actors such as Russia are playing on this criticism by mail-order voting by Trump and Barr, US officials of the Department of Homeland Security cited in an intelligence release.
The Bulletin stated, “We appreciate that trolls on the Russian state media, behind the scenes, and on Russian-controlled social media are likely to promote allegations of corruption, regime failure, and malicious foreign interference, confidence in democratic institutions and election results To produce. “
While most of the allegations against the mail vote came from Republicans, officials in both parties are aware of misinformation with the US Postal Service. Recently, officials in four states blamed emails sent by the postal service to voters requesting ballots before November 3, information that is not accurate for all states. For example, ballots are automatically sent to all registered voters 21 days before Election Day.