The U.S. has enough issues with the election process being disputed, but election now social media posts are being disputed too.
President Donald Trump became one of the targets of Twitter’s emphasis on curtailing misleading messages that interfere with the election. His tweet at 12:49 a.m. (EST) Wednesday was flagged by Twitter and replaced with a message that allowed users to click and read the tweet with another link to the policies.
“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!” wrote Trump. That was a redo after deleting Trump’s initial tweet that said “Poles.”
The Twitter disclaimer was posted within 15 minutes of Trump’s tweet and read, “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
It was a standard message that Twitter applied to other election night tweets, just not from a president. Users still were able to share the tweet but had to do so by quote retweet.
“We placed a warning on this Tweet for making a potential misleading claim about an election,” a Twitter spokesman emailed The Los Angeles Times. “This action is in line with our Civic Integrity Policy, and as is standard with this warning, we will significantly restrict engagements on this Tweet.”
Facebook left the same Trump messages but added a label that read, “Final results may be different from initial vote counts, as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks. Source: Bipartisan Policy Center,” with a link to its election hub.
Trump also declared “a BIG win” in an earlier tweet that was flagged with the message, “Votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election has not been projected.”
At least a Twitter poll could give a final result Tuesday night.