Twitter was flagged as an early post on Friday calling Joe Biden “President-Elect” as the vote continued in the razor-sharp US elections and the Democrat Donald Trump led in several key states.
Tweets referring to the former Vice President titled the winner and his colleague Kamala Harris as “Vice President-Elect” were tagged with messages saying the counts were not final.
“Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted,” said a Twitter message under a post by Democratic Coalition co-founder and podcaster Scott Dworkin, using the two titles for Biden and Harris.
The announcement included a link to information on the state of the elections.
Twitter told AFP that the move was in line with its citizen integration policy and in line with the position it has taken since the polls ended late Tuesday.
“We’re going to label tweets that match our criteria as winners because both Pennsylvania and the presidential race were viewed from only one source,” a Twitter spokesman said.
“Under our rules, until a second source makes that decision, claims to victory must cite a source who made the call.”
Twitter accounts that qualify for tagging posts include presidential campaigns or candidates, as well as US-based accounts with more than 100,000 followers or tweets that are massively liked or quoted.
Voting results are considered official by Twitter when announced by state election officials or when calls to a result are supported by at least two national news outlets with independent decision-making switches, according to the one-to-many messaging service.
Twitter and Facebook have made efforts to flag, mask, and limit the spread of premature victory claims or false attacks on the voting process since polls closed late Tuesday.
“With votes still being counted across the country, our teams continue to take enforcement action on tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information about the election,” Twitter said.
Unfounded claims by Trump regarding the voting process, as well as premature claims of victory over one of the candidates in the race, have been flagged or masked, with links to reliable sources of information being provided.
The action taken by Twitter made the comments less visible, and users who wanted to read the posts had to click through a warning.
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