For the first time, the social media platform Twitter added a fact-check mark on US President Donald Trump’s tweet.
Without providing any evidence, Trump claimed on a tweet that Mail-In Ballots will never be less than substantially fraudulent in any way. Twitter marked the post with a warning and linked it to a page that describes Trump’s claims as unsubstantiated. Do you want to fact-check something? The option to buy Twitter followers is what you need.
Following this step done by the platform. Trump threatened that he will strongly regulate and even close down social media networks.
In a tweet seen by his 80 million subscribers, he said that Republicans felt that Twitter and other social media are totally silencing conservatives. Trump added that he will not let such a thing happen. In another tweet that he posted earlier than the aforementioned one, Trump accused Twitter of stifling free speech.
The series of accusations continued. On May 20, Wednesday, the US president tweeted another allegation to the platform, saying that Twitter has now shown that all the allegations thrown at them are correct. Moreover, he vowed that he will do a big action about the matter.
However, it is not clear how Trump could take any regulatory steps when Congress has not passed any new laws. Furthermore, the White House is expected to release more details.
For years Twitter faced a lot of criticism when they did not do any action on Trump’s controversial tweets that included personal attacks on his rivals in politics as well as baseless conspiracy theories.
Twitter Released A New Policy Against Misleading Information
This month, the social media platform introduced its latest policy about misleading information now that the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the world.
Recently, Trump published a tweet where he promoted conspiracy theories regarding political aide Lori Klausutis’s death. In the said tweet, he blamed Klausutis’s death to a high-profile critic. However, Twitter did not do anything regarding this misleading Tweet. For this reason, people claimed that the platform will label COVID-19 information as fake news but will not take down the horrifying lies published by Trump.
Twitter Did Some Steps About Trump’s Misleading Posts
Mail-in ballots are voting bulletins distributed to voters. Once they are done voting, mail-in ballots will be returned by post. According to the recent opinion survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of Americans admitted that they would never be comfortable going to a polling place in order to cast their ballot now that the coronavirus pandemic is not under control yet.
These concerns pressured the states to increase the availability of mail-in ballots for voters to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus.
Now, Trump’s 80 million followers will see a blue exclamation mark on his misleading tweet. It also has a link that suggests readers get facts regarding mail-in ballots. The link will then direct users on a page that describe’s Trump’s tweet as substantiated, citing reporting by the Washington Post, CNN, and other news sites.
Furthermore, the coronavirus pandemic is adding pressure on the states in the US to increase the use of postal voting. This is because people are worried that they will get infected once they come to polling stations to vote personally.
Twitter has a “what you need to know section where it claimed that Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would result in a Rigged Election.
According to the said social media platform, fact-checkers noted that there is no evidence that mail-in ballots can cause voter fraud.
Moreover, Twitter emphasized that it will increasingly use warning labels in order to regulate false or misleading information on its platform. However, it seems as if it is slowing its regulations against Trump.
The US president posted the same mail-in ballots claim on Facebook. But the said social media platform has not fact-checked the claim yet.
Twitter is Interfering With the US Presidential Elections, Trump Says
The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3 this year. According to Trump, Twitter is interfering with the election by stifling free speech. He then added that as the president of the US, he will not allow such a thing to happen.
On another tweet, he told social media platforms to clean up their act. He also added that he would never let any more sophisticated version of what they tried and failed to do in 2016 happen again. However, he did not elaborate on what he was claiming that social media did.
Trump’s Twitter account currently has more than 52,000 tweets. Clearly, he uses the said social media platform to tell his views to his millions of followers. In addition, he also used Twitter in order to verbally attack all his opponents. His targets include North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un as well as his political opponents in the US.
Back in 2017, he posted tweets against Muslims aimed at Mayor Sadiq Khan of London to serve a warning about the domestic political purpose regarding immigration.
On May 19, Tuesday, Brad Parscale, Trump’s presidential campaign manager also criticized the decision of Twitter. According to him, partnering with biased fact-checkers of fake news is something that Twitter does as a political tactic for false credibility. He also noted that they have a lot of reasons why they pulled out all their advertisings on Twitter but the clear political bias is one of the reasons.
Twitter Has No Plans of Taking Down Trump’s Horrifying Lies
Twitter decided not to take down the conspiracy theory made by Trump about Lori Klausutis’s death in 2001.
The US president posted several tweets where he claimed that Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC, was the one behind the murder of Klausutis.
Lori’s widower, Timothy Klausutis asked the social media platform to take down Trump’s post, saying that it included horrifying lies. However, Twitter refused to remove the tweet. It told Mr. Klausutis that it was deeply sorry for the pain that the president’s tweet caused. Still, it said that the tweet did not violate any of the platform’s policy, so it cannot be taken down.