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Twitter says it will trust these 7 news outlets for 2020 election results

Social media companies are vowing to step up efforts to curb the spread of misinformation this week.

Twitter says it will trust these 7 news outlets for 2020 election results
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Twitter has provided a bit more clarity about how it will attempt to curb the spread of election-related misinformation—including tweets that make erroneous or premature claims about election results.

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In an updated blog post on Monday, the social media company said it will label such tweets beginning on election night, including tweets from accounts with large numbers of followers and those associated with 2020 candidates.

“We’ll be prioritizing the presidential election and other highly contested races where there may be significant issues with misleading information,” the company said.

A report in Axios over the weekend suggested that President Trump is planning to prematurely declare victory, despite the fact that official vote tallies may not be known for days or even weeks.

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Twitter, for its part, says it will consider election results official either when they are confirmed by state election authorities or decision desks from at least two of the following news outlets:

  • ABC News
  • Associated Press
  • CBS News
  • CNN
  • Decision Desk HQ
  • Fox News
  • NBC News

Twitter also says it will prompt users before letting them share or retweet misleading tweets, and try to steer them toward authoritative sources.

You can check out the full blog post here.

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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