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Twitter has announced it will only accept election results from a handful of news outlets and organizations in order to avoid Election Day confusion about the outcome of the presidential race and other contests.
According to Axios, the social media platform has chosen seven outlets: ABC News, AP, CNN, CBS News, Decision Desk HQ, Fox News and NBC News.
Axios notes that Twitter says these are “all outlets that experts agree have verified, unbiased decision desks calling elections.”
The site also singled out Fox News as having been highly critical of Twitter in recent weeks, citing the platform’s near-systematic censorship of conservative voices.
“Fox News’ Decision Desk is considered very authoritative and is highly respected among media and politics insiders. By including Fox News’ decision desk in this list, Twitter is saying that it believes its decision desk is verified and legitimate,” Axios reported.
Previously, Twitter officials said they would only allow announcements from state election officials or a public projection of victory from at least two national news organizations that are known to make independent calls regarding the presidential race before allowing tweets regarding results to be sent out without labels.
“If one of the seven outlets tweets from its main handle a result before another outlet from the group of seven confirm it, Twitter won’t label that tweet,” Axios reported.
However, “if a reporter or any Twitter user tweets a result without citing one of the select outlets for its decision, that tweet may be labeled,” the site added.
If Twitter has to label such a tweet it will say, “Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted. Find out more.”
During his Monday program, conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh predicted that a media outlet would call the presidential race early for Democrat Joe Biden as a way to suppress turnout for Trump.
“Sometime tomorrow — and it may even be before the polls close — there’s gonna be a network that will call the race for Joe Biden. And I don’t know; they might use exit polling data,” he said.
“Who knows what they’ll use, but the effort to suppress Election Day turnout tomorrow is going to be intense. Because, ladies and gentlemen, the people who are professionals in politics know one simple thing. There is nothing that overcomes Election Day turnout. Election Day turnout is how we avoid election fraud.
That said, social media platforms are already working against President Donald Trump, as they have in the past.
On Monday, Twitter and Facebook censored the president for a post criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene in a case involving Pennsylvania’s three-day extension of the state’s mail-in ballot deadline.
Republicans in the Keystone State had argued that Democratic state election officials and the state’s attorney general violated statutes requiring absentee and mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day. The state Supreme Court upheld the decision, though election procedures and requirements, under Article II of the U.S. Constitution, are made by state legislatures, not courts.
Trump blasted the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn the state court’s ruling, saying it will create post-election chaos in a key battleground state.
“The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one,” the president wrote. “It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!”
Twitter put a ‘warning label’ on the tweet that said: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
An additional label noted: “Learn how voting by mail is safe and secure.”
Facebook issued a similar warning. “Both voting by mail and voting in person have a long history of trustworthiness in the US. Voter fraud is extremely rare across voting methods,” it said.
According to a study last month, the president has been censored by both tech giants a total of 65 times since May 2018, Fox News reported.
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