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.
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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.