For first time, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets claiming election fraud, rigging
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (WKBT) — After widespread complaints that President Donald Trump’s tweets often stretch the truth and defy norms of civility, Twitter Inc. says that, in effect, he should hew to just the facts, man.
Twitter flagged two Trump tweets Tuesday with fact-check warnings. It was the first time Twitter had stepped into the fray over Trump tweets. Previously, it had rejected appeals from some of Trump’s targets to apply its community guidelines to him.
The president tweeted at 7:17 a.m.: “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..”
The tweet continued after reaching the Twitter word limit: …living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!”
Twitter appended an encircled exclamation point with a link that leads to this message:
“Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud
“On Tuesday, President Trump made a series of claims about potential voter fraud after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an effort to expand mail-in voting in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. These claims are unsubstantiated, according to CNN, Washington Post and others. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
Trump often posts inflammatory tweets that include insulting nicknames about his opponents and his own spin on issues.
The warning labels are in accordance with a recently announced Twitter policy to flag posts that contain “disputed or misleading information.”
In this case, the tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots,” Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough told media outlets.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m., Trump threw down against the Twitter smack down, tweeting: “@Twitter
is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post….
“….Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
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