Twitter CEO: Blocking misinformation is top priority in 2020 election
The Washington Examiner
While the 2020 presidential election presents an array of challenges for Twitter, blocking attempts to manipulate voters chief among them, CEO Jack Dorsey (Pictured) also anticipates a tremendous opportunity.
The San Francisco-based social media company has become a nexus for political discussion, driven in part by a chief executive with 62 million followers who uses the platform as none of his predecessors have, and the increasing reliance on it by congressional lawmakers and even local politicians.
“We do see, obviously, a lot of conversation around news and politics, around the Democratic debates, and we believe that Twitter has an important role to carry these conversations and to help learn about what’s unfolding within other countries,” Dorsey told analysts and investors after the company reported second-quarter earnings on Friday.
An integral part of Twitter’s work, he said, will be flagging and eliminating misleading information like the posts from Russian agents that permeated American social media during the 2016 campaign, prompting numerous investigations and congressional hearings.
“Our No. 1 priority within elections and conversations on the elections,” Dorsey said, “is making sure we’re protecting the integrity of the conversation.” That requires “identifying forms of manipulation used to amplify misleading information,” he said, as well as increasing transparency around ad purchases and targeting.
Facebook, which like Twitter has been at the forefront of the election debate, continues to invest heavily in preventing voter manipulation, too, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this week.
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