Twitter says Canadian election so far free of major manipulation attempts

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OTTAWA — Twitter is giving Canada’s federal election the all-clear so far.

Despite vigorous activity on the site, including “politically polarizing” conversations on an international scale, the company says it’s not yet detected large-scale attempts at disinformation or manipulation.

Twitter has made changes to its elections-integrity and disinformation-spotting policies both as part of its own programs and as compliance with Canada’s election laws.

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It’s focusing on misinformation about voting, such as accounts spreading wrong dates to cast ballots.

That means inaccurate statements about an elected official, candidate, or political party are not a violation of Twitter’s policy, but misleading claims about long lines or equipment problems at voting locations, would be.

With the main voting day still nearly a month away, though, the company says that hasn’t happened.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.

Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press

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