US elections

Twitter questions Trump: US president fact checked for vote by mail tweet

The social media site took the decision to add a blue exclamation mark to the US president's account after fact checking a pair of tweets concerning postal ballots.

Twitter questions Trump: US president fact checked for vote by mail tweet
JONATHAN ERNST REUTERS

Donald Trump has accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 presidential elections and “completely stifling free speech” after the social media site slapped a fact-checking button on the US President’s account.

Twitter made the decision on Tuesday, warning readers Trump’s claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact checkers.

The blue exclamation mark notification prompted readers to "get the facts about mail-in ballots" and directed them to a page with news articles and information from fact-checkers about the claims.

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"Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud," a headline at the top of the page said.

Trump, an avid user of social media, had claimed in tweets earlier in the day that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent" and result in a "rigged election." He also singled out the governor of California over the issue, although the state is not the only one to use mail-in ballots.

Twitter confirmed this was the first time it had applied a label to a tweet by the president under its new "misleading information" policy, introduced earlier in the month.