Dec 12, 2019 - Technology

Twitter will make it easier to identify political candidates

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Twitter is launching two initiatives that will help users better identify political candidates on its platform, the company announced Thursday.

Why it matters: It's an effort to curb misinformation, making it easier for users to find original sources of information.

What's happening: Twitter is partnering with Ballotpedia, a nonprofit and nonpartisan online political encyclopedia, to identify the official campaign Twitter accounts of candidates.

  • The company is bringing back "election labels," a feature it first launched during the 2018 midterms. Twitter says that in the week before Election Day in 2018, 13% of conversation on its platform about the midterms included a tweet with an election label.
  • Beginning this week, Twitter will start identifying candidates who qualify for the primary ballot for House, Senate and gubernatorial races with a verified badge.

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