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Twitter Joins Facebook in Effort to Censor Election-Related Posts

By Zachary Stieber   October 10, 2020
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Twitter announced Friday that it will censor premature claims of victory and other election-related posts, joining fellow technology giant Facebook in a crackdown that critics say highlights the importance of reigning in the social media platforms.

Twitter will add labels to tweets “that falsely claim a win for any candidate,” Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour, two Twitter officials, announced in a blog post. “People on Twitter, including candidates for office, may not claim an election win before it is authoritatively called.”

Twitter won’t consider election results valid unless there’s an announcement from state election officials or a public projection from at least two national news outlets.

Gadde and Beykpour also said the company would remove posts “that encourage violence or call for people to interfere with election results or the smooth operation of polling places.”

President Donald Trump’s campaign said the new rules were aimed at influencing the election.

“After months of big tech censorship against President Trump, the unelected liberal coastal elites of Silicon Valley are once again attempting to influence this election in favor of their preferred ticket by silencing the president and his supporters after Election Day,” Samantha Zager, deputy national press secretary, said in an emailed statement to The Epoch Times.

“While the Democrats’ mail-in voting requests and returns are way below where they need to be, the Silicon Valley mafia knows President Trump’s supporters are going to show up in a big way on Election Day, and the Democrats’ only path to winning will be to steal the election after it’s over. This announcement from Twitter proves they know Joe Biden and Kamala Harris lack the enthusiasm to win on Nov. 3, and Twitter intends to control the flow of information when they lose by attempting to wipe the president and his supporters off the Internet while Democrats steal votes.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign didn’t return a request for comment on Saturday.

Read more at The Epoch Times

Photo: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

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