Twitter flags posts calling Biden “president-elect”

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Twitter on Friday flagged as premature posts describing Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden as “President-elect” and his running mate Kamala Harris as “Vice President-elect”.

The social media giant said the posts violated its Civic Integrity Policy, noting that they were flagged in keeping with the position it has taken since the US polls closed late Tuesday.

Twitter’s action came the same day it flagged as “potentially misleading” President Donald Trump’s claim that he won the presidential election by valid votes cast.

Democratic Coalition co-founder and podcaster Scott Dworkin had used the titles for Biden and Harris.

However, Twitter tagged the tweets with messages saying counts were not yet final.

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“Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted,” the tag attached to the tweets read.

The notice came with a link to information about the status of the election.

AFP quoted a Twitter source as saying that “We will label Tweets claiming victory that meet our criteria as both Pennsylvania and the presidential race overall have only been called by one source.

“Per our rules, until a second source makes this determination, claims of victory must cite a source that has made the call.”

Twitter accounts that qualify for posts to be labeled include presidential campaigns or contenders, as well as US-based accounts with more than 100,000 followers or tweets being massively liked or quoted.

Voting results will be consider official by Twitter when announced by state election officials or when calls about an outcome are backed by at least two national news outlets with independent decision desks, it said.

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