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.
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.
Trump censored by Twitter for first time
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.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
....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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
"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.
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