Twitter on Monday launched a knowledge search prompt with the Election Commission of India and State Election Commissions in an attempt to tackle misinformation ahead of Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.
The search prompt is intended to make it simple to find reliable and authoritative information on election-related topics such as candidate lists, voting days, polling booths, and EVM (electronic voting machine) voter registration, among other things.
It will be available in six languages: Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Assamese, Hindi, and English and will endorse over 20 hashtags, according to Twitter.
A custom emoji to promote participation, a set of pre-bunks and de-bunks to combat election-related misinformation, and a youth discussion series named #DemocracyAdda aimed at voter literacy and civic participation among young Indians for the Assembly polls are among the other initiatives announced by the microblogging site.
In a tweet, Payal Kamat, Manager Public Policy & Government, Twitter India, said, "By leveraging the power of the Open Internet, we are empowering people across India to be a part of the #AssemblyElections2021 conversation."
In adAlsotter announced that #HerPoliticalJourney, a video series in which women political leaders speak about their personal stories with leading women news journalists, will be brought back to put a spotlight on women in Indian politics.
Twitter announced that it would release a series of pre-bunk prompts in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali, focused on material from the national and state election commissions, as well as civil society partners such as Youth Ki Awaz and the Association of Democratic Reforms.
Information on how to register to vote, as well as info on EVMs and VVPATs, will appear on people's home timelines and in Quest (voter-verifiable paper audit trail), also provide important voting information to the public on topics such as booths, postal ballots, Covid-19 limits, and accessibility, among other things.