In a drastic move, Twitter has made fact-check of tweets sent by the United States (US) President Donald Trump on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, for the first time and it was confirmed that Trump’s claims about mail-in ballots were marked to be false information on his tweet page. Following the dramatic action of the social network, Trump warned Twitter for interfering in the election campaign and threatened to shut the media company on Wednesday.
Twitter’s Fact-Check Policy
The social media company has introduced a new “misleading information” policy earlier this month in an attempt to combat misinformation especially about the coronavirus outbreak and it said to extend the policy to other disputed information. Over recent years, many critics have been attacking Twitter for its hands-off approach, which allowed to continue abusive statements, fake accounts, and misinformation being circulated.
On Tuesday, Twitter made its move to put Trump’s tweets under the screening of fact-check, which provoked the President. Nonetheless, the social media platform has used its policies against major political figures earlier and deleted tweets by the presidents of Brazil and Venezuela, which violated its coronavirus rules.
Trump claimed in tweets earlier in the day that mail-in ballots for the presidential election would be “substantially fraudulent” and result in a “rigged election.” Hours later, Twitter posted a blue exclamation mark alert underneath those tweets, prompting readers to “get the facts about mail-in ballots” and directing them to a page with information aggregated by Twitter staffers about the claims.
Later, a headline was marked at the top of the page stating that “Trump makes the unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud.”
Trump’s Warning Responses
In response to Twitter’s latest action, Trump had slammed at the company accusing it, said in a tweet, of interfering in the 2020 presidential election and wrote, “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!” The president on Wednesday even threatened to regulate or shut down social media company.
Trump reiterated his accusations for Twitter’s political bias, without any substantive evidence, tweeting, “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives’ voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down before we can ever allow this to happen.” He added, “Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
In the pair of early morning posts, the Republican president again blasted mail-in ballots with a similar tweet about Tuesday’s ballot topic, which was marked as a piece of false information and had been debunked by fact-checkers.
As query rose since Trump also posted the same statement about mail-in ballot on Facebook, a spokesman of the social platform reported that “We believe that people should be able to have a robust debate about the electoral process, which is why we have crafted our policies to focus on misrepresentations that would interfere with the vote.”
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