WH Organizing Harassment Of Private Citizen Responsible For Twitter’s Fact Check
According to The Verge, the White House “has set its sights on a single Twitter employee” after the company attached a fact-checking link to two of President Trump’s tweets stating that they contained lies and misinformation about voter fraud.
- When a user sees Trump’s tweet, an attachment is visible that says “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” a link leading to a collection of tweets and news articles “debunking the president’s statements,” The Verge reported.
- The White House’s charge was led on Fox News Wednesday morning, where Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway targeted Twitter’s head of site integrity, Yoel Roth.
- Conway called Roth “horrible” after digging up Roth’s tweets that were critical of Trump, Conway herself, and the administration. She also directed listeners to organize harassment against the Twitter employee.
- The Verge wrote that according to Protocol, Roth “is already facing a torrent of abuse and harassment, including multiple death threats,” even though Twitter stated that he was not responsible for the fact-checks.
“No one person at Twitter is responsible for our policies or enforcement actions, and it’s unfortunate to see individual employees targeted for company decisions,” a Twitter spokesperson said.
Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are targeting states trying to expand mail-in voting as a way to provide safer options for citizens amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
- According to The Verge, the RNC sued California over the weekend for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) mail-in voting expansion plan, claiming “mail-in voting leads to voter fraud and calling the move an ‘illegal and brazen power grab.’”
- Trump threatened “big action” against Twitter, saying he will regulate or shut down any social media platform, although he does not have the authority to shut down private companies.
Trump immediately responded to Twitter’s actions “with threatening messages, writing on his Twitter account on Tuesday evening that the company is ‘now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,’ and reiterating his false statement that mail-in ballots ‘will lead to massive corruption and fraud,’” reported The Verge.