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Twitter announces plans ahead of November 2022 midterms

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The Twitter application is seen on a digital device, on April 25, 2022, in San Diego. (AP photo)

The American social media platform Twitter has rolled out plans to combat misinformation ahead of the November 2022 midterm elections, which Democrats are set to lose to Republicans, according to recent polls.

Former US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter and Facebook of helping President Joe Biden to win the controversial 2020 election.

Trump believes that the election was rigged by the US establishment in favor of Biden. He has said that the 2020 presidential election was “the greatest Election Hoax in history.”

Pulitzer Prize-winner American investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has revealed that an axis of the CIA, Big Tech and the DNC-allied wing of the corporate media spread an absolute lie in the weeks before the 2020 presidential election to help Biden win the vote.

He wrote that “the CIA, Big Tech, the liberal wing of the corporate media and the Democratic Party” censored and suppressed “a series of major reports about then-presidential frontrunner Biden.

On Thursday, Twitter announced plans that include enforcing what it called civic integrity policy, which prohibits content that contains false or misleading information about the election or content that may suppress voting, preventing misleading tweets from being recommended to users, and protections for candidate and journalist accounts. 

“Twitter is the place to find real-time, reliable information about the 2022 midterms – whether you’re looking for breaking news from reporters, information on voting or policy positions from candidates,” the company said in a statement.

“We aim to enable healthy civic conversation on Twitter, while ensuring people have the context they need to make informed decisions about the content they encounter,” Twitter wrote.

The platform has previously faced criticism for misinformation spread on its platform surrounding elections and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new steps include “more sophisticated” alerts for suspicious activity, increased login defenses and expedited account recovery.

“Accounts will be reminded to use a strong password, encouraged to enable two-factor authentication and asked to check the third-party apps they’ve connected to their accounts,” Twitter said. “We will also enable password reset protection for accounts by default to help prevent unauthorized password changes.”

Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after protesters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol in the hope of preventing lawmakers from certifying Biden's victory, thus overturning the outcome of the 2020 presidential election but to no avail.

According to recent surveys, most Republicans also believe that the election was stolen from the former president, and Trump is the legitimate president of the United States.


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