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Twitter beefs up tweet policing ahead of midterms amid debunking of secure 2020 election narrative

Twitter on Wednesday announced the expansion of Birdwatch [1], a fact-checking program the social media platform began testing last year that has contributors flag “misleading” tweets with “notes that provide informative context.”

In a product announcement two months prior to the November midterm elections, Twitter said it was updating its Birdwatch onboarding process,  expanding its contributor base and elevating the visibility of its information-policing notes.

Users who see a Birdwatch note [2] on a tweet are 20-40% less likely to agree with “a potentially misleading Tweet” and “15-35% less likely to Like or Retweet a Tweet” than those who see the tweet by itself, Twitter reported.

Twitter announced in January [3] that it had not been enforcing its “civic integrity policy” with regard to so-called “lies” about the 2020 election since March 2021. The policy was responsible for 300,000 tweets receiving contextual labels [4] for content deemed potentially misleading or disputed over the last couple of weeks of the 2020 presidential election.

Many Twitter fact-checks related to the 2020 presidential election have since been debunked as evidence of irregularities marring the election — especially in the swing states critical to Joe Biden’s election — has continued to accumulate in the intervening two years.

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