Election results: How Twitter, Facebook plan to block misinformation

Both social media companies plan to implement special protocols on Tuesday as election results begin rolling in.

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  • Twitter says it will remove or add a warning to tweets that declare election wins before official results are declared, as determined by national media outlets.
  • When Twitter users try to retweet, the company will show them a prompt encouraging them to "quote tweet" (and thereby add their own commentary) instead, a move designed to slow the spread of misinformation.
  • Facebook plans to display election results, as determined by national media outlets, on posts from candidates who contest the results or declare early wins.
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3 reasons why American politics have become so divisive – study

Partisan division has reached its peak, shows an alarming new study that identifies three crucial components.

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  • American political polarization has reached alarming heights, shows a new study.
  • Democrats and Republicans hate the other side more than they love their own party.
  • The polarization grows worse despite the fact that differences between the sides are not so dramatic.
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New study shows which states make it easier (or harder) to vote

States set their own voting laws, so where does this make voting easiest?

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  • A new report out of Northern Illinois University lists how easy it is to vote in each state.
  • The report can be compared to previous indexes, showing where it is getting easier and more difficult to vote.
  • The authors also note that dramatically improving the ease of voting is simple and cost effective.
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Americans under 40 want major reforms, expanded Supreme Court

Younger Americans support expanding the Supreme Court and serious political reforms, says new poll.

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  • Americans under 40 largely favor major political reforms, finds a new survey.
  • The poll revealed that most would want to expand the Supreme Court, impose terms limits, and make it easier to vote.
  • Millennials are more liberal and reform-centered than Generation Z.
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Moral failings of leaders collapsed even the best societies, study finds

Researchers found a common element in the destruction of even the most powerful empires.

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  • Researchers found a commonality between the collapse of ancient empires.
  • Even the best-run nations fell apart because of leaders who undermined social contracts.
  • The scientists found that societies that had good governments broke up even worse than those with dictators.
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