Twitter provided an update on its efforts to safeguard the upcoming presidential election in Taiwan, where voters will go to the polls Saturday.
The social network said in a blog post Monday that it onboarded and held training sessions for the Democratic Progressive Party and the Kuomintang to help them best engage with their constituents via its platform.
Twitter also debuted a dedicated election-specific support portal for election partners to advise it on issues and concerns regarding the 2020 Taiwan election, and the social network said the Central Election Commission of Taiwan and law-enforcement agencies in the country were trained on how to use this portal and other Twitter features to report suspicious, abusive and rule-violating activity to Twitter.
And the social network onboarded, trained and gave #AdsForGoods grants to civil society groups in the country including the Taiwan Fact Checking Center, the Taiwan Alliance for the Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare and Taiwan Citizen Congress Watch.
Twitter spoke at the first APAC Fact Checking Forum in October, hosted by the Taiwan Fact Checking Center, where it detailed its approach to combating election-related disinformation and misinformation via machine learning and human review.
On the user side, Twitter rolled out a hashtag-triggered emoji for the 2020 Taiwan election, which will appear on tweets containing the hashtags #TaiwanElection, #TaiwanVotes, #Taiwan2020, #台灣選舉 and #台灣投票.
Twitter reiterated in its blog post that its election integrity policy prohibits any attempt to interfere with the electoral process by undermining the acts of voting or registering to do so, and it also has policies in place to prevent platform manipulation and spam, including fake accounts, as well as the distribution of hacked materials.
The social network began prohibiting ads from state-controlled media entities last August, and CEO Jack Dorsey revealed in several October tweets that Twitter would no longer accept political advertising worldwide, with a more formal policy released the following month.
Twitter also reiterated that platform manipulation and spam are violations of its rules.
The social network said in its blog post, “The public conversation on Twitter is never more important than during elections, the cornerstone of any democracy. Twitter shows the world what is happening, democratizes access to information and—at its best—provides insights into a diversity of perspectives on critical issues in real-time. We deeply respect the integrity of the election conversation, and we are committed to providing a service that fosters and facilitates free and open democratic debate.”