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Micro-blogging Site Twitter May Ban White Supremacists From Platform

Earlier in April, Gadde met US President Donald Trump along with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to discuss the “health of the public conversation” on the platform

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Micro-blogging site Twitter is conducting an in-house research to decide whether racism-promoting white supremacists should stay on its platform.

With 275 million global users, Twitter aims to work specifically on white nationalism and supremacy to understand and tackle its drivers.

The app has had a troubled history with white supremacists on its platform but it wonders if open conversation would be more effective than bans.

“Counter-speech and conversation are a force for good and they can act as a basis for de-radicalisation and we’ve seen that happen on other platforms, anecdotally.

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“So one of the things we’re working with academics on is some research here to confirm that this is the case,” Vice News quoted Vijaya Gadde, Head of trust and safety, legal and public policy, Twitter as saying on Wednesday.

The micro-blogging site is working with unnamed external researchers who are under non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

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According to Gadde, the research would help the company answer questions like – “Is it the right approach to de-platform these individuals? Is the right approach is to try and engage with these individuals? How should we be thinking about this? What actually works?” the report said.

Earlier in April, Gadde met US President Donald Trump along with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to discuss the “health of the public conversation” on the platform. (IANS)

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Twitter to Bring Back its ‘Election Labels’ Feature for 2020 US Elections

"You'll start seeing Labels appear on applicable candidates' Twitter accounts once the candidate has qualified for the general election ballot. This will happen on a rolling basis as states have different caucus and election dates, with the first occurring on March 3," said the company

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Twitter has announced to bring back its “Election Labels” feature for the 2020 US presidential election that received overwhelmingly positive feedback from voters and candidates and played a prominent role in election conversation in the 2018 US midterm election.

In the week before election day, people on Twitter saw Labeled accounts approximately 100 million times each day, and 13 per cent of US election conversation on Twitter included a Tweet with an ‘Election Label’.

“With just under a year until US Election Day and two months until the first votes are cast in the Iowa caucus, we’re launching two initiatives that will help people find original sources of information on Twitter by clearly identifying political candidates,” Twitter said in a statement on Thursday.

“First, we’re bringing back Election Labels, which we first launched during the 2018 US midterm election.

“Second, starting this week, we’ll start identifying candidates who qualify for the primary ballot for US House, US Senate, and Gubernatorial races with a verified badge,” the micro-blogging platform added.

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For both primary candidate verification and Election Labels, Twitter is partnering with civic non-profit organization Ballotpedia to utilize their expertise in identifying the official campaign Twitter accounts of candidates.

Election Labels provide information about political candidates, like the office they are running for, their state and district number, and contain a small ballot box icon.

The Label will appear on the profile page of a candidate’s Twitter account and on every Tweet sent and retweeted by the candidate’s account, even when embedded on sites off of Twitter.

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Labels will appear on the Twitter accounts of candidates running for the House of Representatives, Senate, or Governor in the 2020 election who have qualified for the general election ballot.

“You’ll start seeing Labels appear on applicable candidates’ Twitter accounts once the candidate has qualified for the general election ballot. This will happen on a rolling basis as states have different caucus and election dates, with the first occurring on March 3,” said the company. (IANS)