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Conservatives defend Twitter ‘factcheck’ in election debate

AFP, London
Conservatives defend Twitter ‘factcheck’ in election debate

Britain’s governing Conservatives yesterday robustly defended their decision to temporarily rename their Twitter account “factcheckUK” during a TV election debate, despite criticism from the social media network itself.

Foreign minister Dominic Raab said the move to rebrand the @CCHQPress account during Tuesday’s prime-time event was part of the “cut and thrust” of social media.

The move sparked condemnation from one fact check agency and political rivals, while Twitter warned any repetition in the future would lead to “decisive corrective action”.

Social media is one of the key battlegrounds ahead of the December 12 general election, which is dominated by Britain’s prolonged departure from the European Union.

During Tuesday’s debate, the first between Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the rebranded Tory Twitter account began firing off real-time rebuttals to Corbyn’s claims.

 

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