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Twitter adds option to report tweets spreading false info about voting

For now, the new tools are available only in India and the European Union.

Voting booths set up and ready to receive voters inside a polling station in Christmas, Florida on November 8, 2016. After an exhausting, wild, bitter, and sometimes sordid campaign, Americans finally began voting Tuesday for a new president: either the billionaire populist Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, seeking to become the first woman to win the White House. / AFP / Gregg Newton (Photo credit should read GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Twitter wants to do what it can to protect voting. As such, the social network on Wednesday launched a new reporting feature that lets people flag tweets that aim to mislead voters.

Twitter said content that's meant to manipulate or interfere in elections violates its rules. This includes misleading information about how to vote or register to vote; misleading information about requirements to vote; and misleading information about the official date and time of an election.

For now, the reporting feature is only launching in India and the European Union. Twitter said it'll roll out to other elections globally throughout the year. It's available in Twitter's mobile app and on desktop. 

When asked whether it'll be available in the US, a Twitter spokesperson said: "We're exploring this for critical elections outside the United States, and we'll provide an update on 2020 if and when we have one."

Twitter says this reporting feature comes on top of its existing efforts to promote healthy conversation on the platform. On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with President Donald Trump to discuss ways to protect public conversation on the social network ahead of the 2020 US elections. 

Twitter reportedly removed more than 10,000 accounts aiming to discourage people from voting in the US midterm elections in November 2018. In July 2018, it was reported that the social network was suspending more than 1 million accounts a day in its battle against disinformation.

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Originally published April 24, 9:24 a.m. PT.
Update, April 25: Adds more background.