Twitter labeled 3,00,000 tweets related to the U.S. presidential election as "potentially misleading" in the two weeks surrounding the vote, making up 0.2 percent of election-related posts, the company said Thursday.
For Twitter, those included more prominent warning labels on misleading or disputed claims and limiting how such claims can be shared.
"Our work here continues and our teams are learning and improving how we address these challenges". That amounts to around 0.2% of the total number of election-related tweets sent during that two-week period.
"This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions", a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge.
It also prevented users from retweeting, liking, and replying to 456 of these tweets, including some from President Donald Trump. In order to reply to those tweets or share them, users had to add their own comments - a requirement meant to give people pause.
If you've been lurking anywhere near US politics on Twitter, you'll know that Donald Trump tweets have become their own bonafide genre on the social media platform. Twitter has said that Trump's account will be subject to the same rules as any other user, including bans on inciting violence and posting false information.
'These enforcement actions remain part of our continued strategy to add context and limit the spread of misleading information about election processes around the world on Twitter, ' Gadde wrote.
Three-quarters of users who saw those tweets did so after they had been labeled, Gadde added.
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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.
That kind of extra step before sharing is what social networks call "friction".
However, not all of Twitter's changes had their desired impact.
One change that Twitter had introduced as temporary that it now says will stay in place is a screen prompting people to quote tweet rather than simply retweet a post.
Twitter hoped this would reduce the spread of misleading information, it said - but it didn't.
Twitter temporarily stopped recommending tweets on newsfeeds and through notifications from accounts that users don't follow.
"We also got ahead of potentially misleading information by showing everyone on Twitter in the USA a series of pre-bunk prompts", Gadde and Beykour wrote.
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