In the 2016 U.S. election, a lot of misinformation was spread regarding the candidates and the results. Due to this, social media platforms were heavily criticized for not taking any action or putting any effort into sifting through the news. This time, however, things have played out differently by Twitter.
The social media giant has flagged as many as 300,000 pieces of false information spread in the U.S. election 2020. Since this election was one of the most competitive to ever happen in the history of the United States, the spreading of misinformation was certain. The action took place in accordance with Twitter's Civic Integrity Policy. Labeling was attached to all these 300,000 misinformation tweets.
The labels had warning messages displayed on the tweets, after about which 74% of people decided to view the tweets nonetheless. Warnings were also issued before any tweets were posted. To learn more about Twitter flagging election-related tweets, have a look at the infographic below.
Infographic by: Statista