Twitter Is Bringing Back Election Labels for 2020 Political Candidates (TIME)

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    PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 07: In this photo illustration the Twitter logo is displayed on the screen of an iPhone in front of a computer screen displaying a Twitter logo on February 07, 2019 in Paris, France. Twitter today posted better than expected Wall Street results over the last three months of 2018, with net profit up 28% and revenue up 4%, but the stock is falling. After losing 5 million monthly users by the end of 2018, the social network Twitter decided to stop giving figures. In its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2018, the company explains that this announcement will take effect in the second quarter of 2019. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

    Twitter Is Bringing Back Election Labels for 2020 Political Candidates – By Barbara Ortutay (AP) / Dec 12 2019

    (SAN FRANCISCO) — Twitter is bringing back special labels to help users identify accounts and tweets from U.S. political candidates.

    The company, which first used such labels for the midterm elections last year, said it is trying to provide users with original sources of information and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling voters.

    Many political candidates already have blue check marks to indicate that Twitter has confirmed that they are who they say they are.

    The election labels go further and provide details such as what office a person is running for and where. They will also carry a small ballot box icon. The labels will appear on candidates’ accounts and tweets, even if they are retweeted by someone else.

    Twitter hopes its efforts will help people know when candidates are behind the words attributed to them. This could prevent someone from creating an account pretending to be a politician, for instance, or attributing a tweet to a candidate who didn’t actually make the tweet.

    Continue to article:  https://time.com/5749308/twitter-election-labels-2020-candidates/

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