Assembly elections in India are near, and Twitter is taking initial steps to empower and educate voters in the country.
The social media network on Thursday announced a slew of initiatives ahead of the assembly elections to be held in five states of India. As the spread of misinformation in social media becomes increasingly popular, Twitter has collaborated with the Election Commission of India and Chief Electoral Officers and an information search prompt to help citizens find reliable and authoritative information on assembly elections. is introduced.
“Elections are when people turn to Twitter to find credible information about voting, learn about candidates and their manifestos, and engage in healthy civic debate and conversation. As a service for public conversation, Twitter Committed to enabling people to make informed decisions when exercising their civil rights,” Twitter said.
Assembly elections 2022: Twitter’s initiative to educate voters
Twitter’s latest series of initiatives include a customized emoji that will further be supported with a notification and reminder mechanism and will allow users to voluntarily sign-up for reminders on the day the polling begins, as reported by PTI. according.
There will also be a voter education quiz that engages people with Q&A, providing them with relevant facts about the election. As far as the search prompt is concerned, these will provide reliable, authoritative sources of information when related keywords are searched for on Twitter’s Explore page. The prompt will redirect users to resources where they can find reliable information about polling dates, polling stations, list of candidates, etc. Apart from English, the search prompt will be available in three regional languages - Hindi, Punjabi and Konkan.
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— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) 13 January 2022
In addition to search prompts and quizzes, Twitter will also organize workshops, training sessions for nonprofits in five states aimed at curbing misinformation during elections. Notably, the initiative is driven by an open internet and directed to ensure that voters are involved, engaged and informed throughout the election cycle, according to the company (via PTI). Twitter will host a ‘heart-to-remind’ notification campaign on January 25 with a quiz about the voting process, polling stations, voter ID registration. As per reports, participating users will be able to view their scores in the form of shareable scorecards.
Unannounced, the assembly elections 2022 will be held in seven phases from February 10 to March 7 in the 5 states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. The counting of votes will begin from March 10.
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