Liberal leaning Twitter has declared it will “protect” the midterm elections with numerous policies meant to suppress what it considers “misinformation,” and deliver Twitter-curated news to users.
2020 was the first American election where Big Tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google implemented “election integrity” policies. These policies led to some of the biggest and most significant stories of the year such as the New York Post's coverage of Hunter Biden's corrupt business dealings, which was kept quiet just weeks before the election.
Twitter was among the companies that censored this story under the guise of combating “misinformation”—now it is planning to implement similar rules ahead of the midterm elections.
This is in line with the predictions of Breitbart News that Big Tech companies will do all they can to stop the widely anticipated Republican election victory from happening.
The Civic Integrity Policy covers the most common types of harmful misleading information about elections and civic events, such as: claims about how to participate in a civic process like how to vote, misleading content intended to intimidate or dissuade people from participating in the election, and misleading claims intended to undermine public confidence in an election – including false information about the outcome of the election. Tweets with this content may be labeled with links to credible information or helpful context, and Twitter will not recommend or amplify this content in areas of the product where Twitter makes recommendations. People on Twitter will see a prompt prior to liking or sharing labeled tweets, and in cases where there is potential for harm associated with the false or misleading claim, the Tweet may not be liked or shared to prevent the spread of the misleading information.
Twitter has also announced that they'll use “state-specific event hubs,” to enable the platform to distribute hand-picked information to users in accordance with their local and state-specific races. The platform will also launch the “dedicated explore tab” for the U.S. elections containing news stories that are specifically picked by Twitter.
The main focus in Twitter's announcement is on the curation and filtering of data from the company to its users, as opposed to the traditional model that saw users discovering content that was popular among other users through hashtags that were trending and other methods to show content naturally. Nowadays, Twitter wants users to get news from top rather than from other users.