Twitter Says It Labelled 300,000 ‘Deceptive’ US Election Tweets


Twitter labeled 3,00,000 tweets related to the USA presidential election as “potentially deceptive” in the two weeks surrounding the vote, making up 0.2 percent of election-related posts, the company said Thursday.

The social network said the labels were issued between October 27 and November 11, one week before and after the USA presidential election on November 3, which Democrat Joe Biden won over incumbent Donald Trump.

Of the 3,00,000 flagged tweets, 456 were covered over by a warning message and had engagement features limited, users could not like, retweet or reply to the posts, said Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s head of legitimate, policy and consider and safety, in a blog post.

She estimated that 74 percent of people that saw the problematic tweets did so after they had been labelled as deceptive or flagged with a warning message, and sharing of the posts, because of this, declined by approximately 29 percent.

Throughout the election period, Twitter posted messages on American users’ pages which have been seen 389 million times that “reminded people that election results were likely to be delayed, and that voting by mail is secure and legal,” Gadde added.

Almost half of Trump’s tweets were flagged by the platform in the days following the election, as the president claimed, without evidence, that he had won and that the process had been tainted by massive fraud.

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