In A First, Twitter Adds Warning Label To Trump’s Tweets For Misinformation
Twitter took the novel step on Tuesday of labeling a pair of President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning, after the president railed against mail-in voting and claimed without evidence that the widespread use of absentee ballots would be “substantially fraudulent.”
“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,” Trump tweeted.
He continued: “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!”
Twitter responded by adding a link to the tweets reading, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.”
The link directs users to several news sources debunking Trump’s claims on voter fraud.
Amid the pandemic, Twitter has cracked down on misinformation and conspiracy theories being spread on its platform, in some cases deleting tweets from world leaders.
The Washington Post reported that Twitter removed “tweets by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and Venezulan President Nicolas Maduro, arguing that the tweets about breaking social distancing orders and touting false cures had such potential for harm that labeling them would be insufficient.”
Trump responded to the move Tuesday evening, accusing Twitter of attempting to interfere in the upcoming election.
The president tweeted that the company “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.”
Trump further accused Twitter of “stifling FREE SPEECH” and vowed that he “will not allow it to happen!”