Twitter & Facebook Slap Warning Labels on Trump Posts

  • A Facebook spokesperson cited Trump by name.
  • On Tuesday evening, Facebook and Twitter had placed a warning label on a post by Donald Trump that it might be misleading in the context of highly competitive elections.
  • At present, Joe Biden has 72,364,326 votes (50.4%) to Donald Trump's 68,838,685 (48%).

Twitter has classified US President Donald Trump’s post-election tweets as controversial and misleading. President Trump posted more than one tweet in which he questioned the integrity of the election process and the vote count, accused Democrats of stealing the election, and giving wrong information about voting.

U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House.

On Wednesday, Twitter placed a “misleading” tag on a tweet by President Donald Trump questioning the vote count in the presidential elections in several major states after he made a similar statement Tuesday evening.

A Facebook spokesperson cited Trump by name, saying:

“Once President Trump began making premature claims of victory, we started running notifications on Facebook and Instagram that votes are still being counted and a winner is not projected. We’re also automatically applying labels to both candidates’ posts with this information.”

Trump wrote in his tweet:

“Last night we were in the lead, often strongly, in many of the major states, in almost all cases, the Democrats were running and controlling those states. Then, little by little, the voices magically began to disappear. Very strange.”

Trump declared to both Twitter and Facebook, “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 Polls are closed!”

That post was followed by a second that read, “I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!”

Strict Measures

On Tuesday evening, Facebook and Twitter had placed a warning label on a post by Donald Trump that it might be misleading in the context of highly competitive elections. The US President announced that he won before the end of the counting of votes, according to a scenario that social networking sites have repeatedly predicted and raised major concerns.

Twitter withheld the tweet of the Republican President, who ran for a second term, against Democrat Joe Biden, providing a warning.

The post was still visible on Facebook, but the network-attached it to a link to its center for disseminating information about the elections, as it relayed official results that currently indicate intense competition in the race between Trump and Biden to collect the votes of the major electorate.

Facebook, Inc. is an American social media conglomerate corporation based in Menlo Park, California.

However, even as the companies sought to place warnings on Trump’s posts, his false declaration of election victory and baseless allegations of election fraud sparked an outcry, and were seen as misleading information.

“False claims of voter fraud, early victory and election-stealing are helping plunge the country further into chaos and confusion, creating alternate realities for Americans,” said Fadi Quran, the campaign director at Avvaz, an online activist network and non-profit.

“Platforms must immediately adopt more effective policies such as retroactively sending corrections to all users who see misinformation and downgrading the reach of repeat misinformers.”

At present, Joe Biden has 72,364,326 votes (50.4%) to Donald Trump’s 68,838,685 (48%). Both are increases over 2016 popular vote totals.

Trump got more votes in 2020 than he got in 2016, and despite all the accusations against Trump, it is easy to imagine that he would have won the election without much trouble had it not been for the Coronavirus pandemic. That came out at the end of his term, which helped the Democrats a bit.

Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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