The American social media company Twitter has labeled two of Trump’s tweets as ‘misleading’. It is the first time that the microblogging site has interfered with the content of Trump’s tweets, which directly accused the medium of interfering in the presidential election.
The contested tweets are about postal voting and concern California. Due to the corona crisis, the Democratic State is expanding the system to let the people vote by post in the November presidential elections.
The President then tweeted that the US cannot hold a full election by post. It will be the largest election fraud in history. People take them (ballots, ed.) From letterboxes, print thousands of counterfeits and force people to sign them. Names are also falsified. They are trying to use Covid for this scam, it sounded.
“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…..”
“….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!” Trump tweets.
However, according to a Twitter spokesperson, Trump’s tweets contain “potentially misleading information about the voting process” and are therefore now “labeled to provide additional information about voting by post.”
Twitter placed a symbol on the contested tweets, along with the phrase ‘read the facts about elections by post here’. Those who click on it will be directed to a collection of tweets and news articles from CNN and The Washington Post, among others, that refute the President’s statements. According to the experts who are allowed to speak in the documents, voting by post is very rarely associated with election fraud.
The President responded as if stung by a wasp on the step of the social medium. “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”, tweeted the President. “Twitter is stifling free speech, and I, as president, will not allow this to happen.”
According to a Twitter spokesperson, the reproof is part of a new policy within the company that was introduced earlier this month to “limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading information about the pandemic.”
However, the same policy was not applied to tweets from the President earlier this month that falsely claimed that hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating Covid-19.
Twitter has long been under attack because it previously did nothing with the President’s messages, which are regularly full of insults and false claims. Following that criticism, the medium has long said that users correct each other.
So far, only Trump’s two most recent tweets about California have been labeled “misleading.”