Twitter Hits Trump’s Tweets With Fact-Check Label For The First Time

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The move follows years of criticism that the social media platform has allowed Trump to spread misinformation unchecked.

For the very first time, Twitter has taken the long-overdue step of labeling President Donald Trump’s misleading tweets with a fact-check, according to The Washington Post.

  • Twitter took the action on a pair of tweets Trump issued on Tuesday regarding alleged vote-by-mail fraud.

  • The president wrote in two posts: “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!

  • Twitter added to the tweets, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” redirecting the platform’s users “to news articles about Trump’s unsubstantiated claim,” The Post reported.

  • Twitter spokesperson Katie Rosborough said the tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”

This is far from the first time the president has issued tweets pushing misinformation, conspiracy theories, or other types of lies.

  • The Post noted that “the widower of a former staffer to Joe Scarborough asked Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey to delete tweets by President Trump furthering a baseless conspiracy theory about the staffer’s wife’s death.”

  • Trump has also pushed baseless conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, and in general provided his followers with myriad false or misleading claims.

Twitter has only recently changed its stance on removing or labeling misleading content, having previously held “that the platform’s users would engage in debate on the platform and correct false information on their own.”

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and flood of related misinformation that could harm public health, Twitter decided to take action, The Post reported — even when it comes to world leaders.

Not long after changing its policy, the platform 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.”

Read the full report.

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