UK Tories under fire for Twitter name switch during debate

20 Novembre, 2019, 11:49 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A screenshot of the @CCHQPress Twitter account both in its original livery and in its new guise as

'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'.

"It is inappropriate and misleading for the Conservative press office to rename their Twitter account "factcheckUK" during this debate".

The party re branded its Twitter feed for several hours, changing the name from CCHQPress to FactCheckUK during the debate.

Throughout the televised clash, a series of tweets were posted from the account challenging claims made by the Labour leader.

Twitter spoke out after the Conservative Campaign Headquarters press office changed the name of its account from "CCHQPress" to "factcheckUK" while Prime Minister Boris Johnson was debating Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday night.

One of the UK's most respected fact-checking organisation Full Fact has criticised the Conservatives for changing their Twitter handle to "factcheckUK" for the ITV debate.

'We have global rules in place that prohibit behavior that can mislead people, including those with verified accounts. "Please do not mistake it for an independent factchecking service", it said.

The @CCHQpress account is verified by Twitter, displaying a blue tick that is meant to denote that a user is genuine.

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It is inappropriate and misleading for the Conservative press office to rename their twitter account "factcheckUK" during this debate.

They tweeted: "And people wonder why trust in politics has been eroded @CCHQPress".

Labour said what the Conservative press office had done was a "scam" that showed the party could not be trusted in government.

He said: "The Electoral Commission must investigate and punish this blatant attempt to deceive the public".

Quizzed about the stunt on BBC television on Wednesday morning, Raab said he disagreed with Twitter's criticism that the tactic was misleading, and said voters didn't care anyway.

Tory Party chairman James Cleverly told BBC2's Newsnight: "The Twitter handle of the CCHQ press office remained @CCHQPress so it's clear the nature of the site. And we will call them out every time they do it". It has never been for sale, it will not be for sale'.

Mr Cleverly added the decision to rebrand the account would have been made by the party's digital team, which he said operated within his remit. I set the remit. Shortly after the debate finished, the Twitter account name was changed back to CCHQ Press. They work within that remit. I'm absolutely comfortable with them calling out when the Labour party put what they know to be complete fabrications in the public domain.



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