Just before the polls open, U.S. fears of forgery, fraud and false victory announcements are growing, and the popular social network Twitter is preparing accordingly.
The company last night released an orderly plan to deal with the publication of the results, which are expected to start flowing day and night (local time). Twitter has announced that they will attach “warning labels” to tweets of candidates or campaigns that will announce victory even before the official results are announced.
From election night, until the day of the new president’s inauguration, the network will attach warnings to certain tweets, such as “Officials have determined the outcome of this election differently” or “Officials have not yet announced the winner of the race when this tweet was published.”
Twitter clarified that in addition to publishing the official results from the various countries, the network will allow seven new systems considered to publish their results, without a warning label. Among the selected media outlets are ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC and Fox News, as well as the Associated Press. According to the network, these are sources of information whose reliability has been confirmed and decisions are made without bias in announcing winners.
Under the new policy, if one of the seven systems tweets a result from its official account – even if that result has not been confirmed by other sources – Twitter will not attach a warning to the tweet. However, if this or that journalist from the same media tweets a result without attributing it to a trusted source – that tweet may be marked.
The program is a response to what could be a particularly chaotic election night. Not only have tens of millions of Americans voted in the mail, but President Trump reportedly told his associates in recent days that if the first samples point to an advantage in his favor he intends to declare victory as early as Tuesday night, even if these are not final results.
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