Twitter bans calls for polling disruptions and early victory declarations to curb election abuse

Twitter’s moves, like those announced recently by Facebook, are aimed mainly at combating efforts to manipulate the political landscape at critical moments in the hotly contested national vote. The policy changes are the culmination of years of reforms intended to prevent a repeat of 2016′s electoral debacle on social media, when disinformation, false news reports and Russian interference rampaged virtually unchecked across all major platforms.

“Twitter has a critical role to play in protecting the integrity of the election conversation, and we encourage candidates, campaigns, news outlets and voters to use Twitter respectfully and to recognize our collective responsibility to the electorate to guarantee a safe, fair and legitimate democratic process this November,” company officials said in a blog post published at noon Friday. The authors were Vijaya Gadde, the Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead at Twitter, and Kayvon Beykpour, its product lead.

The moves are likely to

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Slack Says It’s Investigating Service Disruptions

Messaging and collaboration service Slack Technologies  (WORK) – Get Report has suffered a service disruption Monday due to technical issues.

“Some users may be experiencing slowness with Slack in the desktop, browser and mobile at this time,” the company posted on its web site at 10:05 am ET. “The issue is impacting sending messages and troubles with API [application program interface] calls. Our team is looking into it and we will follow up with more updates in 30 minutes.”

In the latest update, time-stamped 1:06 pm ET, the company said: “The investigation is still ongoing, but the scope has stayed the same. We’ll update you again in a half hour.”

The outage hasn’t hurt Slack shares. They recently traded at $28.17, up 1.35%, and have climbed 25% year to date. The company has benefited from the heavy technology needs of workers staying at home due to the coronavirus

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