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US News Tories criticised for 'misleading' public with Twitter 'Fact Check' name change

04:25  20 november  2019
04:25  20 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Fact - checking agency FullFact said in a statement: "It is inappropriate and misleading for the Conservative press office to rename their twitter account 'factcheckUK' during this debate. "Please do not mistake it for an independent fact checking service such as FullFact, FactCheck or FactCheckNI."

Twitter has come into criticism over the system before. Users have suggested that verification implies a certain endorsement – though Twitter is clear The move was swiftly criticised by fact checking organisation Full Fact , for instance. "It is inappropriate and misleading for the Conservative press

a screenshot of a cell phone: The Conservative Campaign Headquarters press office changed its Twitter name to @factcheckUK © Other The Conservative Campaign Headquarters press office changed its Twitter name to @factcheckUK The Conservative Party has been criticised after one of its official Twitter accounts was rebranded as a fact-checking service.

The Conservative Campaign Headquarters press office renamed its account "factcheckUK" for the duration of Tuesday evening's debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

Those in charge of the account then wrote commentary on the Labour Party leader's statements and retweeted messages supporting Mr Johnson.

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The move was criticised by independent fact - checking charity Full Fact , which tweeted: ‘It is inappropriate and misleading for the Conservative press office to rename their twitter account “factcheckUK” during this debate. ‘Please do not mistake it for an independent fact checking service

Anger as Tory press HQ changes its Twitter name to ‘FactCheckUK’ during debate leading for calls for them to be The Tory Party stunt was widely criticised by fact - checking organisation Full Fact . In a tweet , the organisation said: 'It is inappropriate and misleading for the Conservative press office to

But some raised concerns it could be mistaken for independent fact checkers Full Fact, which described the Tory move as "inappropriate and misleading".

Labour's David Lammy called for the Electoral Commission to investigate, saying it showed "what disdain this party and this government has for the truth".

The Liberal Democrats' press office wrote on Twitter: "And people wonder why trust in politics has been eroded."

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The @CCHQpress account is verified by Twitter, which means its profile page displays a blue tick intended to show other users that the account is genuine.

But, according to Twitter's rules published on its website, this verification can be removed for behaviour such as "intentionally misleading people...by changing one's display name or bio".

Twitter's rules also state that users cannot "impersonate individuals, groups, or organisations in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others".

In this photo issued by ITV, Boris Johnson, left, and Jeremy Corbyn, right, shake hands during their election head-to-head debate live on TV, in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are set to go head-to-head in their first live televised debate Tuesday evening, as the UK prepares for a General Election on Dec. 12. (ITV via AP) © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this photo issued by ITV, Boris Johnson, left, and Jeremy Corbyn, right, shake hands during their election head-to-head debate live on TV, in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are set to go head-to-head in their first live televised debate Tuesday evening, as the UK prepares for a General Election on Dec. 12. (ITV via AP)

A Twitter spokesperson said on Wednesday: "Twitter is committed to facilitating healthy debate throughout the UK general election.

"We have global rules in place that prohibit behaviour that can mislead people, including those with verified accounts.

"Any further attempts to mislead people by editing verified profile information - in a manner seen during the UK Election Debate - will result in decisive corrective action."

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Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly told BBC's Newsnight: "The Twitter handle of the CCHQ press office remained @CCHQPress so it's clear the nature of the site.

"The reason we did that is because we were calling out the inaccuracies, the lies that were coming out during the debate. The NHS is not for sale."

When the reporter put to him that the party had misled the public, he said: "I disagree", adding that the change would have been an idea from the party's "digital team".

Britain's Minister without Portfolio and Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly speaks at the Conservative Party's General Election campaign launch, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, central England, on November 6, 2019. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed Wednesday to get Brexit done by January and compared his Labour Party rival Jeremy Corbyn to Joseph Stalin in a strident launch to a tough pre-Christmas election campaign. The splintered country is entering its third general election in four years in search of a solution to a monumental crisis launched by the voters' decision in 2016 to file for a divorce from the European Union after nearly 50 years. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) Britain's Minister without Portfolio and Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly speaks at the Conservative Party's General Election campaign launch, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, central England, on November 6, 2019. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed Wednesday to get Brexit done by January and compared his Labour Party rival Jeremy Corbyn to Joseph Stalin in a strident launch to a tough pre-Christmas election campaign. The splintered country is entering its third general election in four years in search of a solution to a monumental crisis launched by the voters' decision in 2016 to file for a divorce from the European Union after nearly 50 years. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Sky News's own team of political correspondents were also critical.

Lewis Goodall said: "This isn't funny or 'banter'. It's disingenuous and grim."

And in reply to a tweet setting out Mr Cleverly's defence, Rob Powell wrote: "FACT CHECK: James Cleverly is talking rubbish."

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