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Twitter accuses the ‘tories’ of cheating the public by presenting their press account as “fact-checking”

November 20, 2019

LONDON, Nov. 20 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Twitter social network has criticized the British Conservative Party for having presented its press account during Tuesday's debate as if it were a specialized check-checking account.

During Tuesday's debate between the Conservative Party candidate, Boris Johnson, and the Labor Party candidate, Jeremy Corbyn, the 'tories' press service account (@CCHQPress) changed its image and its name to be renamed from “factcheckUK”.

Twitter accuses the ‘tories’ of cheating the public by presenting their press account as “fact-checking”Twitter accuses the ‘tories’ of cheating the public by presenting their press account as “fact-checking”

After finishing the debate between the two candidates, the press service account of the British Conservative Party regained its original identity and name. After what happened, the social network Twitter has announced that if something like this happens again it will take “a decisive corrective action”, according to the BBC.

“Twitter is committed to facilitate a healthy debate in the general elections in the United Kingdom,” said a spokesman for the social network. “We have global rules in place that prohibit behavior that can fool people, including those who have verified accounts. Any new attempt to fool people by editing verified profile information, as we have seen during deafte electoral, will lead to a decisive corrective action, “he said.

Despite the behavior shown by the account of the press service of the 'tories', the social network has not yet taken any action to correct what happened, according to the BBC.

The 'tories' have been heavily criticized by Full Fact, a real British verification account on Twitter. “It is inappropriate and misleading that the press office of the conservatives be renamed 'factcheckUK' during the debate. Please do not confuse it with a true independent verification service such as FullFact, FactCheck or FactCheckNI,” he stressed.

The president of the Conservative Party, James Cleverly, has defended the performance of his press team on the grounds that he did not change the source address of the Twitter account, which kept his name (@CCHQPress).

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