Twitter adding messages to preemptively debunk misinformation ahead of election

Brett Molina, USA TODAY
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Screenshots of the prompts Twitter users will see related to the 2020 U.S. election.
Screenshots of the prompts Twitter users will see related to the 2020 U.S. election.

Twitter will roll out messages on its platform preemptively debunking false information about the 2020 election as social media companies brace for a deluge of misinformation.

On Monday, Twitter said it will introduce prompts to U.S. users "that preemptively address topics that are likely to be the subject of election misinformation."

For example, one prompt available Monday discusses how voting by mail is safe and secure. The prompt will then guide users to a Moment with more information on the security of voting by mail.

"These prompts will alert people that they may encounter misinformation, and provide them with credible, factual information on the subject," said Twitter in a statement.

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A second prompt planned for this week will address early election results.

The messages will appear on the home timelines of all U.S. users as well as within search results related to the election.

Twitter, as well as Facebook, Google and other social media platforms, have attempted to crack down on misinformation as the 2020 election looms next Tuesday.

The CEOs of all three companies are expected to appear in a Senate hearing Oct. 28 on hate speech and misinformation proliferating on their platforms.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New Twitter messages attempt to preemptively debunk election misinfo