The Midterm Elections are coming up and tech companies and social-media platforms are readying their defenses against fake news and outside influence. Apple announced a new 2018 Midterm Elections section in Apple News this week, which will offer readers timely, trustworthy midterm election information in one localized section of the company’s News app.
The new Midterm Elections section will help readers get the latest details on the elections with breaking news, exclusive highlights and analysis from reliable sources selected by Apple News’ team of experienced editors. Readers can quickly get up to speed on the most relevant topics and candidates by accessing the new section in the Apple News app from a banner across the top of the For You tab, as well as through Top Stories and the Spotlight tab. Apple stated that the 2018 Midterm Elections feature will be targeted for both casual readers and political enthusiasts, offering breaking news and other special features.
“Today more than ever people want information from reliable sources, especially when it comes to making voting decisions,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. “An election is not just a contest; it should raise conversations and spark national discourse. By presenting quality news from trustworthy sources and curating a diverse range of opinions, Apple News aims to be a responsible steward of those conversations and help readers understand the candidates and the issues.”
The new section will include “The Conversation,” a collection of opinion columns about hot-button issues that are intended to offer readers a full range of ideas and debate about important subjects; and “On the Ground,” which highlights quality reporting about issues that matter to local constituents on the most important races.
In addition to presenting coverage from Fox News, Vox and other publishers, Apple News will offer exclusive features, including The Washington Post’s “Election Now,” a dashboard that brings to life important primary races by contextualizing key data like current polling, what pundits are saying and survey data on voter enthusiasm; and a weekly briefing from Axios, featuring analysis of the most important developments as the primaries unfold. The app will also feature Politico’s “Races to Watch,” which looks at a collection of races offering important themes and trends to voters.
The Apple News 2018 Midterm Elections section is available to readers in the US and will continue through the elections in November.
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