Incumbent US President and Republican candidate, Donald Trump on Wednesday alleged his opposition of trying “steal the election” on Twitter, only for the post to be restricted by the micro-blogging app.
“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!” he wrote. Moment after it went viral, Twitter slapped an action against the tweet, placing it behind a warning and adding a misinformation label.
The social media platform explained its actions in a tweet, stating that the president’s message contained a “potentially misleading claim about an election.”
We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election. This action is in line with our Civic Integrity Policy. More here: https://t.co/k6OkjNXEAm
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 4, 2020
As seen in the above screenshots, Twitter proceeded to wipe out all the like and retweets from the tweet. Twitter users cannot like or reply to the tweet now.
A few months ago Trump and Twitter were involved in an ugly spat when the latter marked Trump’s tweets with fact-check stamp, including a tweet in which the president raised questions on the integrity of voting-by-mail and suggested that it was susceptible to fraud.
Twitter had also blocked a tweet by Trump on Minnesota Race Riots saying that it “violated company’s policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today”.
Twitter’s moderation policy arm has been actively preparing for the election, anticipating an outpouring of high-stakes misinformation. In September, the platform expanded its misinformation rules to include premature declarations of victory.
In the week leading up to Election Day, Twitter also rolled out an anti-misinformation banner, intended to “preemptively address topics that are likely to be the subject of election misinformation.”
Trump, however has declared in another tweet that he will win the Presidential polls by terming it a “Big Win”. He is expected to make a statement later today.
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