Twitter Is Releasing New Security Features Ahead of 2020 US Election

As the 2020 election approaches, Twitter says it will continue to notify these accounts of additional steps they can take to protect their accounts.

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Twitter is releasing new security features. FILE PHOTO

The company announced Thursday that Twitter will begin to take security measures on top political accounts ahead of the 2020 US election.

  • Twitter is releasing new security features to prevent election day chaos.
  • If key accounts are hacked to spread misinformation, it can significantly increase confusion.
  • The new focus on key accounts is one of the biggest breaches Twitter has faced in its history.

Twitter said in a blog post  that executives, members of Congress, political campaigns, major news organizations, political journalists and other government officials would be prompted to take improved security measures before the election.

Over the next few days, Twitter will automatically enable password reset protection for these accounts, while these top users recommend running two-factor authentication. These accounts require the use of strong passwords.

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“Voters, political candidates, elected officials and the media rely on Twitter every day to share and find reliable news and information about elections, and we take our responsibility seriously,” wrote in a blog post on Twitter on Thursday.

“As we learn from past security incidents and implement changes, we will focus on keeping top-level accounts safe and secure on Twitter during the 2020 US election.”

These security instructions are provided through a usage notice for specific security-related users. As the 2020 election approaches, Twitter says it will continue to notify these accounts of additional steps they can take to protect their accounts.

The company also claims to implement internal security measures for these accounts, which include new methods of responding to suspicious activity and quick account recovery in the event of an acquisition.

The US election is near

For months, political actors have been warning  that the election results could be misrepresented before the finals, with confusing and untrue claims spreading through the media and social networks. 

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Both Facebook and Twitter have changed their rules to label or announce results in advance or eliminate allegations of election fraud. If key accounts are hacked to spread misinformation, it can significantly increase confusion.

The new focus on key accounts is one of the biggest breaches Twitter has faced in its history. Accounts of politicians such as President Barack Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg were jeopardized by hackers and used in the Bitcoin mass scam in July. In response to the breach, Twitter blocked all new tweets from each verified user.

Thursday’s announcement appears to be an attempt to prevent such violations shortly as the election approaches.

In the run-up to the election, Twitter redefined its content policies  and developed new features to help users find respectable information.

On Tuesday, Twitter posted information on its polling station in English and Spanish. The centre appears above the Explore tab for American users and includes Twitter moments of “famous news organizations” and other content, such as live streams of discussion.

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