Twitter is no longer taking action on tweets spreading misinformation about the 2020 US elections, the website has revealed to CNN. Elizabeth Busby, the company’s spokesperson, told the news organization that the social network hasn’t been enforcing its “civic integrity policy” when it comes to content about the Presidential elections for almost a year now — since March 2021. Busby said that’s because the policy was meant to be used within the duration of an event and that President Biden has already been in office for more than a year.
The website amended its civic integrity policy before the Presidential elections to add labels to tweets with “false or misleading information intended to undermine public confidence in an election or other civic process.” In some cases, Twitter could remove tweets under the policy. The rules cover tweets “inciting unlawful conduct to prevent a peaceful transfer of power or orderly succession.” If you’ll recall, former President Trump was banned on the social network following the 2021 Capitol attack after deciding that his tweets can be used to incite violence. The rules also cover unverified information “election rigging,” which the administration’s opponents are echoing until this day. In fact, YouTube has just removed a copy of a TV ad by Missouri Rep. Billy Long that claims “the Democrats rigged the election” in 2020.
YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi explained the Google-owned website made it clear that “false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches changed the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election” are prohibited on the platform. Long said YouTube’s action was “un-American and straight from the communist playbook,” though, and that it just proves “Big Tech certainly has and will continue to influence elections.”
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