Twitter Adds ‘Misleading’ Warning To Donald Trump’s Tweets For The First Time
By Thanussha Priyah, 27 May 2020
Image via Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com
Twitter has highlighted two of Donald Trump’s Twitter posts as “potentially misleading” for the first time.
The flagged tweets included information on falsely-claimed mail-in ballots, which could result in voter fraud in the upcoming elections. In response to Trump’s claims was a message by Twitter reading, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” directing users to a fact-check page curated by the platform to back up statements with news articles.
The move to add fact-checking notifications to Trump’s posts is in line with the social media company’s new approach of combating misinformation or unverified claims.
According to CNN, Twitter added the label to provide “context” to Trump’s posts. However, Trump did not take the labels to his post well. He soon declared that Twitter was “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election” and “stifling free speech,” before adding that he “will not allow it to happen!”
The labels applied to Trump’s tweets can be seen in a post shared by CNN’s tech reporter Brian Fung, shown below.
....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
Twitter confirms to me that today is the first time any Trump tweets have been labeled as misleading by the platform.— Brian Fung (@b_fung) May 26, 2020
In these (two) cases, Twitter says, Trump’s tweets were flagged for "potentially misleading information about voting processes” and are labeled for context. pic.twitter.com/w0pd4qTjN7
[via CNN, cover image via Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com]
More related news