Twitter teaches Taiwan politicians how to tweet

Central Election Commission also trained on how to report problems on Twitter

Twitter has taught politicians and the CEC how to use the platform. 

Twitter has taught politicians and the CEC how to use the platform.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During the final week before the Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections, social media platform Twitter said it had trained politicians from both the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) how to tweet and to report problems.

Fake news and disinformation have reared their heads all through the election season, but the problem is expected to become more serious during the final days because it would make denying any allegations more difficult.

On its blog, Twitter said it had opened “a dedicated, elections-specific support portal for election partners to provide feedback directly to us about issues and concerns that could arise” during the election as quickly as possible.

In addition to the political parties, the company has also “trained the Central Election Commission of Taiwan and law enforcement agencies on using these channels to report suspicious, abusive and rule-violating activity,” the blog post said.

Twitter has also trained and given grants to organizations such as Taiwan Citizen Congress Watch, the Taiwan Alliance for the Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare, and the Taiwan Fact Checking Center.

Last November, the popular social media platform introduced new rules for political and election information on a global scale, banning all political advertising.