Twitter most likely to bring back its special labels to help users determine accounts and tweets from U.S. political candidates.
The election labels go further and provide particular details such as what office an individual is running for and where. They can even carry a small ballot box icon. The labels will seem on candidates’ accounts and tweets, even when they’re retweeted by someone else.
Twitter hopes its efforts will help individuals know when candidates are behind the words attributed to them. This might prevent someone from creating an account, pretending to be a politician, for example, or attributing a tweet to a candidate who did not really make the tweet.
Twitter, along with Facebook and other social media companies, has been under the heavy scrutiny for permitting their services to be misused by malicious individuals and teams attempting to influence elections all over the world.
Facebook also verifies accounts for public figures and celebrities, whereas YouTube verifies official channels. However, they do not go as far as including election labels.
Labels will likely be used just for general election candidates and can start appearing as soon as candidates have won their parties’ primaries or have, in any other case, qualified for the general election ballot
Twitter stated it could apply the labels in House, Senate, and gubernatorial races. Presidential candidates aren’t included in Twitter’s new policies.
Twitter stated Thursday it’s going to verify additional accounts, even when candidates don’t seek them, by working with the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ballotpedia. Twitter stated the verifications would occur on a rolling basis as candidates qualify for next year’s primaries.