Twitter introduces new security standards for political accounts in the US ahead of the 2020 election
The social media company also shared more information about the policy that led To the suppression of qanon-related tweets. Twitter on Thursday announced new security measures it is applying to protect known, election-related accounts on its platform during the 2020 election season.Politics
Twitter is taking lesson from the history of its defeats
In addition to requiring certain accounts to adhere to stricter security standards, Twitter will also apply enhanced internal security measures, such as using more sophisticated detection and notification systems to detect suspicious activity on an account.
The enhanced security measures came after a hacking incident in July, when a group of hackers broke into the Twitter server and tried to conduct cryptocurrency fraud from several well-known accounts. Among the compromised accounts were several belonging to prominent US politicians, such as former President Barack Obama, former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden, and former new York city mayor Michael Bloomberg. Meanwhile, the social network and other social networks have been trying to stop the spread of misinformation on their platforms for some time.
Starting Thursday, some accounts will be notified of new requirements in the app. Target accounts will need to use a strong password, and they will be strongly advised to enable two-factor authentication. In addition, Twitter enables password reset protection for these accounts by default, requiring them to confirm their email address or phone number in order to initiate a password reset.
Twitter will impose these new requirements on accounts belonging to members of the us Executive branch and Congress;
- Governors and secretaries of state;
- Presidential campaign;
- Political parties and candidates running for the House of representatives, Senate, or Governor.
They will also apply to major US news agencies and political journalists.
Taking care of politicians, but not forgetting about yourself
Meanwhile, the social network plans to improve its own internal security measures before the election. It plans to adopt enhanced login protection to prevent malicious account hijacking attempts, as well as more sophisticated methods for detecting and alerting suspicious activity. It also plans faster support for account recovery to ensure that security issues are resolved quickly.
Twitter on Thursday also shared more information about its platform manipulation and spam Policy, which applies to groups that coordinate actions to cause harm.
In July, the social media began removing tweets related to QAnon conspiracies from the “Trends” section and recommendations based on evaluating QAnon accounts in coordinated malicious activity. They also stopped highlighting QAnon tweets in conversations and searches. According to Twitter, the number of impressions of this content has fallen by more than 50 percent.