Twitter has flagged about 300,000 tweets about the United States presidential election as questionable or potentially misleading. That equates to 0.2 percent of all tweets about the US election posted between October 27 and November 11, the company reports on its blog.
Social media is under a magnifying glass because of the major role disinformation played in the US presidential election four years ago. Russians were found to be sending coordinated misleading information in 2016 to influence the election process.
Tweets considered potentially misleading will be tagged by Twitter. It states that the claim in the tweet is questioned.
A heavier measure is the protection of tweets. In addition, the tweet is not immediately visible, but Twitter users must click away a notification stating that part or all of the content of the tweet may be misleading. Also, the message cannot be retweeted without the user commenting on it.
Twitter has taken that action 456 times, including 16 times on tweets sent by President Donald Trump since election day on Nov. 3. Four days later, it was revealed that his rival Joe Biden has won the battle for the White House.
The figures from Twitter provide for the first time insight into how often the social medium takes action around the elections. In addition to Twitter, the eyes are also on Facebook and YouTube (part of Google).