The social media platform Twitter, where many leaders of the world interact with their citizens and counterparts, has taken action against a series of tweets by the United States President Donald Trump as it attached a warning sign of fake news to his tweets.
Under two of his tweets about the mail-in ballots where he falsely claimed that the mail-in ballots would cause the November Presidential elections to be rigged, Twitter has added a warning message where it redirects the user to the facts relating to the mail-in ballots. The warning message which are essentially links read –‘get the facts about mail-in ballots’. The link leads to a CNN’s story about the Trump’s claims of the mail-in ballot being unsubstantiated and to another page which has multiple links about the fact of the mail-in ballots.
In the tweet, the President said,
“There is NO WAY (ZERO) that mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mailboxes will be robbers, ballots will be forged, and even illegally printed out and fraudulently signed. The governor of California is sending ballots to millions of people, anyone 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!”
Trump lashes out at Twitter
Twitter responded to the allegations of censoring content and said that even though the President’s tweets do not violate the company’s rules, the tweets certainly contain potentially misleading information about the voting process and hence that has been labeled to provide additional information about the mail-in ballots.
As per the new policy of Twitter that was incorporated on the 11th May, Trump’s tweets have violated the policy which is called civic integrity policy. The civic integrity policy of Twitter restricts users from manipulating information or even interfering in the elections and other civic processes.
As soon as Twitter marked the tweets, the United States Donald Trump lashed out against the platform and called it to be biased against him. He accused the platform interfering with 2020 Presidential elections and also ‘completely stifling free speech’.