Twitter expands ‘Integrity’ policy to remove tweets making misleading claims about the election process

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Twitter Inc. said Thursday that it plans to expand its “civic integrity policy” to label or remove false or misleading information about the upcoming presidential election. Starting Sept. 17, the updated policy will include false or misleading information that causes confusion about laws and regulations of a civic process, such as an election, or those executing those processes; disputed claims that could undermine the faith in the process, including unverified information about election rigging and ballot tampering; and misleading claims about results or outcome of a civic process. “We will not permit our service to be abused around civic processes, most importantly elections,” Twitter said in a statement. “Any attempt to do so – both foreign and domestic – will be met with strict enforcement of our rules, which are applied equally and judiciously for everyone.” The new policy comes after President Donald Trump has repeatedly said, without corroborating evidence, that voting by mail would lead to voter fraud, and even suggested people should try to vote twice. Twitter’s stock, which rose 0.7% in afternoon trading, has lost 13.0% year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 4.9%.
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