There is now a dedicated space within Twitter’s reporting feature for content attempting to undermine the process of registering to vote or otherwise interfering with elections.
Twitter Safety said in a blog post that this new feature will debut in India Thursday, with the EU to follow Monday (April 29), and it will be rolled out for other elections worldwide throughout the rest of 2019.
The 2019 Indian general election is being held in seven phases, from April 11 through May 19, and the EU Parliamentary elections will take place in May.
The social network provided examples of the types of content covered by its new reporting capability:
- Misleading information about voting or registering to do so, such as falsely stating that people can vote via tweet, text message, email or phone.
- Misleading information about requirements for voting, such as identification.
- False statements or information about the dates and times of elections.
Twitter also shared instructions for using the new reporting option, both via its mobile applications and on desktop:
- Select Report Tweet from the drop-down menu.
- Choose It’s misleading about voting.
- Select the option that best explains why the tweet is misleading about voting.
- Submit the report.
Twitter Safety said in its blog post, “Voting is a fundamental human right, and the public conversation occurring on Twitter is never more important than during elections. Any attempts to undermine the process of registering to vote or engaging in the electoral process is contrary to our company’s core values.”