Twitter on Monday night flagged a tweet from Donald Trump, which claimed that a recent high court decision would lead to voter fraud, was misinformation.
Just hours before election day, Trump unjustly tweeted that last week̵7;s decision left the right place, for now, a state supreme court decision that allows election officials to count incoming votes three days after election day “will allow widespread and uncontrolled fraud”. That decision, Trump said, “would cause violence in the streets”.
Twitter added a disclaimer to Trump’s tweet, saying its content was “disputed” and “possibly misleading”.
“A Twitter spokesperson said we issued a Tweet warning that you referenced for making a potentially misleading statement about an election. “This action is in line with our Citizenship Integrity Policy, and by the standards of this warning, we will significantly limit interactions on this Tweet.”
The social media platform has been deleting tweets containing “false or misleading information to undermine public confidence in an election or other civic process”, ” disputes “can undermine confidence in the process and” misleading claims “about the results of an election. It also does not allow retweet such posts. Users can quote-tweet some of them to add context.
In September, Twitter issued a “public interest” announcement on another tweet by Trump sharing false information about voting.
Both Trump and Biden campaigned in Pennsylvania on Monday, showing the state’s key role in this election. Recent polls show that Biden is leading the state with an average of about 5 points.
Trump, however, laid the groundwork to oppose the results of the election in court. “As soon as that election ends, we’ll get in with our lawyers,” Trump told supporters in North Carolina recently. “But we don’t want Pennsylvania, where you have a political governor, a very partisan … We don’t want to be in a position where he is allowed to, every day, see the incoming ballots.” Gee, if we can only find 10,000 more votes, ” Trump said.
State Governor Tom Wolf on Monday reacted to the president’s comments, implying that Wolf and other Democratic governors were engaged in “fraud” and that Trump and his supporters were “following. follow “them. “The Pennsylvanians will not be threatened,” Wolf said. “You can watch us count each ballot and have a fair election.”
Voter fraud is extremely rare. It is the policy – not “uncontrolled fraud” – of some states to count votes that come after election day – with specific rules that differ.