Twitter has labeled 300,000 tweets for election misinformation


The company didn’t indicate how many of those tweets came from Donald Trump, but several dozen of his tweets have had labels applied since he first began tweeting on election night. Twitter did note that most of its labels were applied quickly and that “74% of the people who viewed those Tweets saw them after we applied a label or warning message.”

Overall, these labels lead to a 29 percent decrease in quote tweets, which Twitter says could be a sign that its efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation were successful. However, the company also acknowledged that other steps may not have had the intended effect. For example, a change that removed algorithmic recommendations from users’ timelines didn’t seem to have an effect on misinformation. Twitter said it will reinstate the feature.


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