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World Boris Johnson's Conservatives Rebranded a Party Twitter Account as 'factcheckUK.' Twitter Wasn't Happy

15:30  20 november  2019
15:30  20 november  2019 Source:   time.com

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The Conservative Party has faced criticism after one of its official Twitter accounts was rebranded as a fact checking service during the ITV leaders' debate.The Meanwhile, some other Twitter users also changed their display names to factcheckUK and posted critical comments about Mr Johnson .

Twitter has criticized UK PM Boris Johnson ' s Conservative Party for misleading the public by changing the name of one of its accounts to resemble a fact - checking The rebranded account tweeted graphics supporting statements from Johnson as "true" and criticized others from Corbyn.

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was criticized for misleading British voters on Tuesday night, after one of its political Twitter accounts masqueraded as a fact-checking service during an election debate.

In this photo issued by ITV, Boris Johnson reacts during the election head-to-head debate live on TV, in Salford, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn are going 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)© Provided by The Associated Press In this photo issued by ITV, Boris Johnson reacts during the election head-to-head debate live on TV, in Salford, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn are going 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)

During the first TV debate ahead of the Dec. 12 election, between Johnson and the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Conservative account @CCHQPress changed its display name to “factcheckUK” and replaced its logo. The account, which has around 75,000 followers, changed its display name back after the debate.

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Twitter issued a warning after Britain' s Conservative Party came under fire for rebranding one of its official Twitter accounts " factcheckUK " during a debate between its leader, Boris Johnson , and the Seems to me the conservative disease is as virulent and TOLERATED over there as it is here.

A tweet from the Conservative party press account , relabelled as factcheckUK Photograph: CCHQ. Although the Twitter handle remained as @CCHQPress, all other branding was changed to resemble an independent factchecking outlet, meaning it may not have been immediately apparent to an

Twitter criticized the Conservative Party for the move, but stopped short of banning the account or removing its blue “verified” tick, which signals that the account is who it says.

“Any further attempts to mislead people by editing verified profile information – in a manner seen during the U.K. Election Debate – will result in decisive corrective action,” Twitter said in a statement.

a screenshot of a cell phone: The @CCHQPress account, renamed © Screenshot The @CCHQPress account, renamed "factcheckUK" during an election debate on Nov. 19, 2019 They added, “Twitter is committed to facilitating healthy debate throughout the U.K. general election. We have global rules in place that prohibit behavior that can mislead people, including those with verified accounts.”

A Twitter spokesperson refused to detail to TIME what kind of “corrective action” was under consideration.

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The Conservative party has rebranded one of its official Twitter accounts to 'Fact Check HQ' during the debate - removing any direct mention of the The account , usually used for press content from Conservative Party HQ, normally bears the party ' s logo and branding as the account of the "Official

Последние твиты от Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson). Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and @ Conservatives leader. I’ve answered a few questions about Brexit, the economy and Marmite. Watch our first election broadcast now.pic. twitter .com/boH1GfJdJU.

During the debate, the rebranded “factcheckUK” account shared tweets attacking the Labour Party — some preceded by the word “FACT” — and retweeted Conservative cabinet ministers.

One tweet said Labour would spend £1.2 trillion ($1.6 trillion) if elected in December. But Full Fact, an actual fact-checking organization, debunked that claim. “Many of the figures behind this estimate are uncertain or based on flawed assumptions,” Full Fact said, adding that the Labour manifesto had not yet been released.

Full Fact also criticized the Conservatives for the misleading rebrand. “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,” they tweeted.

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Johnson - 51% Corbyn - 49% Via YouGov (Verified By # FactCheckuk & @CCHQ). Should @CCHQPress have their Twitter account deleted for their highly misleading rebrand as The whole # factcheckuk thing just proves how the Conservatives : Are happy to outright lie Think the public are

The Conservative Party has been sharply criticised by a UK fact - checking agency after it rebranded one of its Twitter accounts . The @CCHQPress account - the Tory press office - was rebranded as " factcheckUK " for Tuesday' s live TV debate involving Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

On Wednesday, the U.K.’s Electoral Commission issued a veiled statement criticizing the Conservatives for the deception. “Voters are entitled to transparency and integrity from campaigners,” it said. “We repeat our call to all campaigners to undertake their vital role responsibly and to support campaigning transparency.” (The Electoral Commission regulates campaign spending, not the content of political campaigns.)

The move prompted swift condemnation from Labour politicians, too. “Twitter should ban @CCHQPress from their site,” tweeted lawmaker David Lammy. “It’s not a fact check service, it’s a disinformation machine that would make Vladimir Putin blush.”

The E.U.’s Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, also called the move “dystopian.” “Not even [Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor] Orban or the Polish [ruling party] PiS would dream this up, let alone do it,” he added.

Amid the condemnation, the Conservative Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab appeared on TV on Wednesday morning to defend the CCHQ Press team. “No one gives a toss about the social media cut and thrust,” he told BBC Breakfast.

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