Stay informed: Twitter flags unverified tweets on Kenya elections

Twitter has flagged tweets which could potentially mislead the public in regards to the presidential results of Kenya’s general election.

Twitter has included alerts on tweets by some of Kenya’s top users with huge following on the platform who could potentially be sharing unverified information on the Kenyan polls.

Users who have had their tweets fagged include ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna whose tweet with thousands of interactions was calling the presidential election.

A tweet by ODM Secretary General Edwin SifunaUnder the alert which reads,  “Stay informed” Twitter has flagged the tweets saying they might not have been called when the information was tweeted.

Most of the tweets flagged involved supporters of both parties calling the election hours before IEBC begins its official tally.

Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi and Dr Miguna Miguna also had their tweets calling the presidential results flagged.

Ahmednasir Abdullahi tweet calling the presidential election.

The move by Twitter is expected to curtail election misinformation which is spreading faster on the platform which millions of users have now opted for as Kenya anxiously wait for the announcement of presidential polls.

Since voting closed Tuesday evening, supporters of both Azimio La Umoja and United Democratic Alliance have been engaged in tweeting poll-related information which have not been verified by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

According to IEBC Chairman who gave a media brief Wednesday afternoon, 14.2 million voters had turnout as at data received at 2:30PM representing 64.5pc of total registered voters which stands at 22.1 million.

IEBC is expected to begin tallying of presidential results from all the polling station after physical verification of forms 34As and 34Bs before announcement of the presidential results.


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