With the UK election planned for December 12, Twitter has announced new tools to help “support and protect” political debate on its platform.
According to Twitter, every major UK political party and around 90 per cent of MPs use the micro-blogging site to share news, views and information. In order to ensure election conversation is “healthy, open and safe” it has devised a number of news initiatives.
Tomorrow, November 13, Twitter is launching a new tool that enables people to report deliberately misleading information about the voting process. This includes false information about how to vote, or about the date or time of the election.
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These new tools follow the announcement last week that Twitter will ban all political advertising, from 22 November.
“We’ve established a cross-functional UK elections team that will proactively protect the integrity of the election-related conversation, support partner escalations, and identify potential threats from malicious actors,” said Katy Minshall head of UK government, public policy and philanthropy at Twitter UK.
“We’ll also be working closely with partners like @ElectoralCommUK, and supporting political parties and candidates to ensure they get the most from Twitter as a campaigning tool during the election cycle.”
The UK Twitter team is offering safety and security training to all political parties, while some government departments and the Parliamentary Security Department are enrolled in its Partner Support Portal (PSP).
“The PSP has proven particularly effective in highlighting hateful and abusive behaviours that undermine political discourse and harm the civility of the debate, including content directed at candidates and MPs,” said Minshall.
In addition, Twitter has launched a public consultation process around its new synthetic and manipulated media policy, which was recently announced by Vijaya Gadde, global head of trust and safety, legal, and public policy at Twitter.